It’s a crazy world out there. Shootings, bombings, beheadings, and other despicable acts are happening almost daily around the globe. If you are like me, you want to stand up and fight. But as worshipers and followers of Christ, how do we handle that? It’s human nature to punch back if one hits us. But the nature of Christ is to take a second blow…and even a third. Every time someone insults us, takes a shot at us, or even hits us, it becomes an opportunity for us to respond like Jesus. A worshiper of Jesus must realize that it is not just our honor that is at stake…it is the Lord’s honor. Heed the advice of Oswald Chambers when he said, “We are always looking for justice, yet the essence of the teaching of the sermon on the Mount is – never look for justice, but never cease to give it.”
All of us live our lives to a certain rhythm. We all have routines that we go through in things like getting dressed in the morning, working out, or heading to the office. Our universe has a rhythm to it as well. There is the rhythm of the tide, there is the rhythm of the sun. There should also be a rhythm in our lives to work and to rest. We have to create space in our days in order to generate productivity in our lives. I love what Noah benShea wrote: “It’s the space between the notes that makes the music.” The same rings true in our lives. So today, take some time to consider the rhythm of your life. Breathe in the moments and create some space between the notes. Follow the example of Jesus. He did both. There was balance…there was rhythm.
The longer I live, the more I am learning that life has a certain rhythm to it. My life has never been one of routine. Instead, it’s been greatly out of balance and way too busy most of the time. I used to wear that busyness as a badge of honor. But as I grow older, I am realizing that I’ve developed some awful habits. I can’t sit still, I can’t slow down, and when I try, I feel guilty about it. But, the problem is, all motion and no rest eventually produces activity without accomplishment. When we are depleted, we lose our way. We must develop a rhythm and a balance to our lives. Even the greatest athletes have an off season. So, develop one yourself. I like what Rick Warren says: divert daily, withdraw weekly, abandon annually.
In Ephesians 5:16 Paul encourages his fellow servants of Christ to “redeem the time by walking wisely.” There is a well-known poem called “The Dash.” It is a poem that was written in reference to the dash we see on tombstones between someone’s birth date and the date of death. The whole point is that none of us can control the date of our birth or the date of our death. Those dates are in the hands of God Almighty. However, God has granted us total control over everything we do in that dash. He has given us a will, a mind, and a body in which He calls us to glorify Him. But, we are prone to make selfish choices and end up wasting much of that dash. But we worship a loving and patient God. So redeem your time today and make it count for His glory.
One of the greatest quotes on worship I’ve ever heard came from T.W. Hunt in his book The Mind of Christ.He said: “If we praise the Lord on the mountaintops and don’t do it in the valleys, it’s not praise of the Lord at all, it’s just praise of our feelings. His worth doesn’t depend on our mood.” He is worthy all the time. And that means we worship the Lord in the good times and the bad. In fact when I look back, having been through many valleys myself, I’ve discovered I learned much more about worship in the bad times than I did in the good. Mountaintop experiences are awesome. But let’s be honest, we are rarely on a mountaintop. The valley is where we live and the valley is also where we learn. Worship Jesus in the valley. You will discover He is more than capable of carrying you through it.