Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Here, There, and Everywhere

It used to be that we had to meet in person for ministry decision-making. Countless hours in life and ministry have been spent driving to locations, coordinating rehearsals, establishing schedules, etc. With the advancement of technology, we are able to be better stewards of our time. E-mail, tele-conferences, social networking, and text messaging makes it easy to stay updated. If we use these tools wisely, then we will be able to make the most of our time.

If we rely too heavily on technology, then we will fail to fellowship as we need. The key is to utilize the best options to the benefit of all. When ministry servants are better time-managers, there will be more time spent with our families, less stress regarding calendar coordination, and more time for rest.

In this multi-tasking society, we must be wise not to overextend ourselves. We must periodically reassess how we spend our time. Though God has imparted knowledge and revealed creative inventions to mankind, when we use them for purposes other than His glory, we can get caught up in the trappings of obsessing over the latest cell phones, laptops, PDAs, and comunication devices, and miss the Lord Himself.

1 Chronicles 12:32 (NKJV)
Of the sons of Issachar who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do, their chiefs were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their command;

Daniel 9:22 (NKJV)
And he informed me, and talked with me, and said, “O Daniel, I have now come forth to give you skill to understand.

Psalm 90:12 (NKJV)
So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.

Isaiah 33:6 (NKJV)
Wisdom and knowledge will be the stability of your times, and the strength of salvation; The fear of the LORD is His treasure.

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