Time (for a) Change?
Okay folks, it’s that time of year again…well, it’s the other “that” time of the year again. Time to change our clocks. This time it’s back an hour on Saturday night, unless you want to get up at 2:00 am Sunday to do it which is when the official change happens. If you’re like me, I like to blame Benjamin Franklin. (I like to blame people when I don’t like something.) I know he didn’t invent Daylight Savings Time, but he certainly did strongly suggest it. I guess I don’t really blame him. In that day, I suppose it made sense.
Mr. Franklin was just copying what Parisians did to save candles and oil in their lamps, when he wrote about the financial benefits of the idea in, “An Economical Project,” which is really a Letter to the Editor of the Journal of Paris, in 1784. It’s pretty heady but kind of a funny read, if you’ve the stomach for his writing style. But if you really want to blame someone for this constant clock-changing confusion, blame the real inventor: New Zealand entomologist, George Hudson, who just wanted more time in his day to hunt bugs. Okay George, YOU are the target of my ire this week! (He bugs me…at least twice a year!)
I’ve obviously been thinking about time, and the Bible actually says quite a lot about time…or more precisely…the best use of time. Take a look at Ephesians 5:15-17, “So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do.” (NLT2) Or Colossians 4:5, “Conduct yourselves wisely toward outsiders, making the most of the time.” (NRSV)
So it is clear when God created time, He meant it to be used/lived wisely, with an eye toward eternity. (Yes, God is the ONLY One who can actually say, “I made time for you.”) I suppose being wise with light and time and opportunity should be important to us all. After all, God made it all. But changing clocks is not fun. Just when I get half of them done, then the others are already a minute or so behind. This phenomenon has led me to never place two digital clocks near each other. (And yes, blinking clocks waiting to be reset after a power outage drive me bonkers.) Twice a year I think I should have fewer clocks.
Happiness is a choice. So, instead of thinking about George or Benjamin, I think 2 Corinthians 4:18 is going to be my focus this weekend, “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” (NIV) Good advice I think, but honestly, George still kind of bugs me.
Don’t forget to take advantage of the mythical “extra hour” this weekend. Maybe try doing something new for God.
Pastor Rusty <><
MORE GOOD NEWS AND UPDATES:
1. Old Bethel is happy to take part in serving our community a Thanksgiving meal again this year. We are partnering with Shiloh Baptist Church and Driven by Faith Outreach to deliver meals to 600 families. This year's meal will look a little different. We will prepare the food the week of Thanksgiving and we will deliver meals on Thanksgiving morning. In addition to a meal, we will also provide hats, gloves and scarves. It is a joy to serve our community and share our many blessings this Thanksgiving! You may contact Community Life Minister Arin Schellenberg at 317-359-9651 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. As in years past, we are asking for donations of food items and of hats, gloves and scarves. If you are interested in donating please check out our online sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040445A5AA23A6F58-thanksgiving. We are also looking for volunteers to help prepare the food and deliver the meals. To volunteer, visit https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeyKiUWFfEJ-K8Jhaab9oTVfOV507Gxzuz4ilAcyuV-6wDvqw/viewform?fbclid=IwAR0eBVrgPijR5ZyUHitmU_4Pkfldo5V2V-DiSrl_-BOmN7sNkFwVzEsQhKI
2. Congregational meeting Sunday, November 21, 2021 at 5 pm there will be another session with Mike Womack and Rev. Jerry Rairdon., who will answer questions around changes the UMC is facing. If you have questions you would like to submit, please email them to Margaret Ferry at email@example.com by November 14. The questions will be reviewed for duplications and submitted to the speakers ahead of the meeting.
3. Applications for Summer Fare Grants are available at the Welcome Center in the lobby. Submission deadline is November 28, 2021. Place completed applications in the Summer Fare mailbox in the reception office. You may contact Mike Tucker or Dan Wilson with any questions.
4. We still need volunteer receptionist for several shifts. The morning shift is 9am-12:30pm. The afternoon shift is 12:304pm. You can work each week or every other week. OR you might like to be a sub and serve when others are on vacation. Building traffic is slowly increasing and having receptionists to answer the phone is a GREAT help to our administrative staff! Contact Administrative Assistant Lynda Preston at firstname.lastname@example.org or 317-359-9651, extension 131.
5. This week’s message notes are below. November 7: Balancing Life: Part 2
“Balance is the point at which everything is as it should be, to do what it was ___________ to do.”
"The wisdom of the wise keeps life on track; the foolishness of fools lands them in a ditch.” Proverbs 14:8
“The wise watch their steps and avoid evil; fools are headstrong and reckless.” Proverbs 14:16
Four concrete steps on how to get started toward true balance:
STEP #1: TAKE ______________________.
Proverbs is saying it's wise to __________________.
"How’s my ______________ balance. Am I mentally sharper than I was five years ago?
“How about ________________ balance? What is the wonderful God-creation called a body telling me?”
“How about ________________ balance? Am I intentionally making my spiritual growth part of my everyday schedule?”
“What about ______________ balance? Am I mastered by my moods?”
“What about ______________ balance. How are my key relationships?”
STEP #2 WRITE DOWN A _____________ OF ACTION.
Balance does not come by _________________.
“So be careful how you live, not as fools but as those who are wise.” Ephesians 5:15
STEP #3 __________________ MY CENTER.
I will live out whatever _____________ is at my center.
Without ____________ as my center, I cannot live into the life I was created to live.
"Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness..." Matthew 6:33
He is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of all creation; for in him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. Colossians 1:15-17
If my life is falling apart, it's because my _________ can’t hold up to the storms, or can’t take the heat or cold of my problems.
STEP #4 REALIZE THE ________________ OF A LIFE IN BALANCE.
Once I experience Jesus-powered true balance, I will ________________be satisfied with imbalanced, half-dead living, again.