I once heard a preacher say that the only thing we can take to heaven with us is other people. This statement, if true, should play a major role in how we use our time, our money and our talents. The phrase that says you never see a hearse followed by a UHAUL rings true to those of us who have experienced the loss of a loved one or family member.
Over the past month I have been really busy. I have been visiting churches to share about our ministry. I have played a major part in my home churches first missions conference. To be honest, it was a lot more work than I anticipated. I wrote hundreds of emails, looked at dozens of videos, held multiple meetings and spent late nights at the airport; and that was just the beginning. I am thankful for all the help I had, I couldn’t have done it without a great team. I have also travelled to Virgina to share my ministry with my brothers and sisters in the Lord down there. This month has been insane to say the least.
I know what you are thinking…”OK, Tim! so you are busy like the rest of us.” Yes, that is true and that is my point. I have noticed that sometimes I get so busy doing “things”, that the most important thing in my life can sometimes suffer.
Relationships are the most important things we as people have. I’ve come to the realization that I hate fundraising. I absolutely dislike, despise, loath and any other negative verb you can use in its place, fundraising. It just goes against my natural personality bent. But on the flip side, I have absolutely loved the relationships I have developed in the process. I have met some wonderful people.
Relationships are so crucial when it comes to serving the Lord as a body. When the relationships of believers begin to suffer, the whole body suffers. We need to work on maintaining our relationships. We need to feed them and nourish them, or just like our physical bodies we will get sick. The body of Christ can’t afford to be sick.
So finally, here is my point…how are your relationships? Not only with your family and fellow believers, but with the Lord. Are you so busy that your relationship with the Lord is paying the price or are you making it a priority to spend time with your heavenly Daddy?
Don’t work so hard in providing things for your wife and kids that your relationship with them becomes non-existent. Don’t work so hard serving the Lord that you forget to spend time at his feet. (Remember Mary & Martha)
Work hard, love the lost, love the brethren, and spend time at your Daddy’s feet. The relationship is worth the time invested…I promise!