Relationships, to-do lists, and the launch of a new series!

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Relationship vs. a task list

Each day we face incredible temptation to look at the hours before us solely as a means by which we’ll accomplish our to-do lists.  We make plans and then work hard to cross off what needs done on ever-increasing lists.  Let’s face it, there’s a lot to do and the time we have to make things happen seems to be flying by!  

While this method of living helps us maintain productivity and feel a sense of accomplishment at the end of the day...over time it can rob us of one key component of life: our humanity.

I’ve heard it said that we’re human beings...and not human doings.  Do you feel more like a human being, or a human doing lately?  It’s good to do a little “self-analysis” every now and then.  

Earlier this week, I sat down to pray and gather a few quiet moments before the day began.  Immediately, my mind went to what needed to be done next.  As I prayed, I found myself looking at my prayer time as an item that needed checked off on a list that I was creating...EVEN as I was praying.  Wow.  I had to stop and catch my breath.

Is that what my prayer time had become?  What was God trying to say to me in these moments?  He now had my attention.  

Here’s what I gathered:  Life is about relationship.  When our focus is primarily on tasks, we easily lose relation-ship.  We stop “relating” to others...and to ourself...and most importantly to GOD.  We become a work machine.   In the mean time, life then becomes a series of lonely steps to get things done.  We miss living when we do life this way.  

All the while, God is there.  He is a real and personal God.  A God who has time to talk.  A God who wants to know how you’re doing...what you’re feeling...what you need.  And truthfully, He desperately wants to relate to you...because that’s what friends do.   

Check out these verses and see RELATION-SHIP:  

John 15-12-15:  This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you. There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you slaves, because a master doesn’t confide in his slaves. Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me. 

Let us not get so wrapped up in the stuff of life, that we forget to live...and live in relationship...to others, to God, and with ourself.  

This weekend, we launch a new series called “JESUS IS” that will lead us through the Easter season.  More specifically, this week, we’ll talk about how JESUS IS “...up close and personal.”  He’s present, he’s real, he cares about you and wants to be involved in your life.  He calls us to live in relationship this way.  

If you’ve felt over-burdened, lonely, tired or starved for relationship, this weekend’s for you.  Join us.  Invite a friend.  Maybe someone you know feels the same way.  You won’t want to miss the start of ‘JESUS IS’ at McLane Church Erie.  

Hope you’ve had a great week!