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In a hurry?

on July 8, 2012

How often do we say, “I just wish there was more time?” As a matter of fact, I just got home from vacation late last night, came to church this morning and am writing this blog before In teach and go to kids camp for this week. I’m not complaining about my busy life. I’m just saying it’s well, busy.

Today in America we spend so much time going from one place to another and trying to accomplish so many tasks that we forget to take time and slow down to re-charge and get close with God. This isn’t only true for people in corporate America, blue-collar workers, and kids that go to school. Surprisingly, this includes Pastors and church workers as well.

I was reading an article the other day on religion today.com and saw this:

Michael Zigarelli, an associate professor at Charleston Southern’s School of Business, polled more than 20,000 Christians of all ages from 139 countries about the busyness of their lives and how it affects their relationship with God.

His report, which concludes almost six years of collecting data, echoes the obvious: yes, we’re busy people; and yes, our hectic lives prevent us from spending more time with God. Turns out almost six out of every 10 Christians around the world agree to the latter. A few elements to Zigarelli’s study are particularly fascinating.

  • American Christians aren’t necessarily the busiest. Japan, the Philippines, South Africa, the United Kingdom, Mexico and Indonesia all had a higher percentage of believers who stated they often or always rushed “from task to task.”
  • African Christians are most likely to claim their busyness gets in the way of developing their relationship with God. (Two out of three South African and Nigerian believers stated this.)
  • The United States is the only country where women topped men in saying they were 1) almost always busy and 2) that busyness affected their spiritual walk.

Based on profession alone, pastors are the most likely to say they often or always rush from task to task, beating out business owners, lawyers, teachers, and salespeople.”

The Bible is clear when it talks about Pastors being held to a higher standard since Pastors are leading the rest of the church. 1 Timothy 3:4 – “Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task. Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate,self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness,not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full respect. (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?) He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil. He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap.”

Since I’ll be ordained in two years, this verse rings loudly to me. So, how do we help our Pastors? How do we hold each other accountable?

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