Oh my stars! It has been too long! We have been crazy busy. The last 3 months consisted of seven weddings in 8 weeks, the completion of the barn, a mini family vaca, the barn open house, an adult trip, and working the haunted hayride in the forest. This weekend has been the first since I don't know when that we didn't have anything to do. It felt good!
Because KC and I were taking a couples trip to Cancun, I felt a little guilty leaving the boys behind. We decided to take a mini family vacation to Atlanta the first weekend of October. We left home on a Sunday morning and drove to my uncle's church in Roswell. One of the worship songs that morning was "Here I am to Worship". I have heard it a million times but this time it really got me! My mind started replaying the weeks prior and the conviction was overwhelming. I started thinking about how busy I had been and even though I had zero time I still managed to find time to work out and diet. Why? I wanted to "look good" in Cancun. Seven weeks before we left I started a no carb diet and exercising......preparing for the trip. While the song continued to play, I guilt-ly pondered, "what if I gave being a child of His this much preparation, this much effort". Now, don't get me wrong, I am in no way saying there is anything wrong with being fit and doing what it takes to get there. What I am saying is why do I rush through a 10 minute morning devotional in order to get my day started but spend an hour at the gym. UGH! Why will I spend countless hours preparing, sketching, designing, prepping for a wedding but can't find the time to do a two hour weekly bible study? Seriously?
Uncle Mike's message was spot on too! "Because of God's great mercy to us...Offer yourselves as a living sacrifice to God, dedicated to His service and pleasing to Him. This is the true worship that you should offer." Romans 12:1 (GNT) "Love the Lord God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence and energy." Mark 12:30 (MSG) I'm pretty sure I have been missing the mark on BOTH of these! One of the points on his outline was "Worship is my response to God's love". Then he asked, "What is your daily response?". OH MAN! Got me again!
Preparation is defined as the action or process of making ready or being made ready for use or consideration. I want to be ready for HIM. I want to be ready for HIS use. Don't you? So, what are we preparing for?