Pastor Nathan Glover
Jesus replied: “A certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests. At the time of the banquet he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready.’
“But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said, ‘I have just bought a field, and I must go and see it. Please excuse me.’
“Another said, ‘I have just bought five yoke of oxen, and I’m on my way to try them out. Please excuse me.’
“Still another said, ‘I just got married, so I can’t come.’
“The servant came back and reported this to his master. Then the owner of the house became angry and ordered his servant, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame.’
“‘Sir,’ the servant said, ‘what you ordered has been done, but there is still room.’
“Then the master told his servant, ‘Go out to the roads and country lanes and compel them to come in, so that my house will be full.
Luke 14:16-23 (NIV)
It is often around this time of year, that I hear the words, “I don’t have time.” “I would love to help with that, but I don’t have time.” “I would love to accept the invitation, but we are already booked up!” These days we are all far too busy. This is especially true if we are a parent or in a position of helping someone else. Sometimes it feels as though we don’t have time to stop. We don’t have time to eat. We don’t have time to socialise. Sadly, sometimes, we don’t have time to invest in our children and we certainly don’t have time for God. These days, productivity has killed all the fun – people are not spending enough time with each other, with God and with their children.
The hard reality, of course, is that we have more than enough time – it is a question of how we spend it. It may be that our work calls us to balance accounts and make budgets and plans. When was the last time any one of us budgeted our time, made plans to include the things that are important or declared an audit of our time accounts? These are valuable things to do, especially if the management of our time seem to be slipping out of control.
It has been variously said that we are not human doings but human beings. We need time to “be” – in the presence of God, in the presence of each other and just “be” with ourselves. Of course, we have work to do, too – important work I’m sure – but this must be balanced against our other priorities, needs and our own health.
May God lead you to find time for the things that really matter this term and always.
THE FATHERING PROJECT
Last term I wrote to you about a new initiative starting up at St Andrews – a Dad’s group run with the help and experience of The Fathering Project (https://thefatheringproject.org/). The date of the first session is now Tuesday, 27 October at 5:15pm – this is an online event. If you would like to register for this event, please click https://thefatheringproject.or.... I believe some of what will be covered in the first session is the importance of spending time with your children!