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Getting Caught Up

Posted: February 16, 2011 in Uncategorized

A couple of days ago a good friend of mine called me and asked “What’s going on?” I replied, “Just trying to get caught up” to which he said, “You’re always trying to get caught up.” Hmm, he’s got a point. As I’m writing this it’s early in the morning, my wife and kids are still warm in their beds, I have a fresh cup of coffee and I’ve just finished writing an article for next month’s church newsletter. Tomorrow I’m leaving with a team of missionaries from my church to begin a new work in the Dominican Republic and it seems as though there are a million things to get done between now and then. Lines from a couple of old songs come to mind right now. One from a country song that goes like this, “I’m always running, but I’m always running behind” (I can’t remember who sings it, I’m not really much of a country music fan) and the other is an old Bob Seger tune that goes, “What to leave in, and what to leave out, against the wind, I’m running against the wind.” I guess I am always trying to get caught up. The problem is I can get so caught up in trying to get caught up that I miss what’s happening all around me.

In Ecclesiastes 1:3 Solomon asks the question, “What does man gain by all the toil at which he toils under the sun?” It’s a good question. What do we (I) gain by all my busyness? Or more importantly, what do we miss? I think if you read through the book of Ecclesiastes you’ll find that that’s really Solomon’s question. You see, work isn’t a bad thing. God has given us work to do and we should apply ourselves to it and do it well. We just shouldn’t get so caught up in trying to get caught up that we miss what God is doing right now, in, through, and around us. I know it’s difficult sometimes because there’s always so much that needs our attention. Don’t neglect your responsibility but remember to put first things first. Even Jesus would withdraw from the crowd to spend time alone with God and to be with those close to Him.

“But now even more the report about him went abroad, and great crowds gathered to hear him and to be healed of their infirmities. But he would withdraw to desolate places and pray.” Luke 5:15-16 (ESV)

Jesus withdrew with his disciples to the sea.” Mark 3:7 (ESV)

“And he went up on the mountain and called to him those whom he desired, and they came to him.” Mark 3:13 (ESV)

Don’t get so caught up in trying to get caught up that you miss out. Now, I’m going to try to take my own advice. I’m going to get some work done today but I’m also going to enjoy time with my God, my family, and my students and youth leaders. Please pray for my family while I’m gone this next week and for the mission in the Dominican Republic.