Night is coming.

I started today right away in the busy.  I woke up, had to run to Gordons Food for our youth group Christmas party, hit up a quick stop at Starbucks to see my new friend who works there that I have been chatting with there and getting to know, got to the church just shy of 10am and unloaded all goods and supplies to youth room.  After, I came up to my office and instantly got carried away in the hustle of ministry.  I stopped around 11:30 and decided to get time in reading my Bible and studying God’s Word before the day got any busier and I approached John 9:1-34, Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind.  The best part is I got to verse 4 and read it over and over, then I looked over to my study Bible and read the comment, “Jesus was referring to the time between his appearance in Bethlehem and the end of time when all evangelistic opportunities will end”.  I felt a lump in my throat as I traced back my steps today, a quick but rushed hello to the people at Gordons, a simple smile and how is your day to Isagani at Starbucks (of course they had an hour line so we couldn’t chat much anyways), a very rushed walk by of the 5 men doing the carpet in the church, an even quick speed by the 3-4 men who are fixing the office heat at the church, and a quiet moment in my office before the day truly began.

One thing that has been consistent all morning = my rushed acknowledgments.

As I read those words in John chapter 9, “As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me.  Night is coming, when no one can work.  While I am in the world, I am the light of the world”, I couldn’t help but realize I do not live my daily life as if I would never be able to discuss God with one more person.  I instantly realized I had to spend time not only in prayer and the Bible, but also blogging to share with everyone I know that we are short on time.  Would it have killed me to ask the cashier at Gordons how her day was going?  Could I have sat at Starbucks and let the line go down to have a conversation with my new friend?  What if I took time to offer cookies or hot cocoa to the carpet men?  What would the men fixing the church heat have thought if I offered them water or Starbucks run?

I am not trying, in anyway, to make you think you’re not enough, BUT I think you can offer more because SO CAN I!!  I think we approach every day with a list, I don’t know one person who doesn’t think of a list in their head even if they don’t write it 100 places like some of my closest friends do.  I know that you woke up with responsibilities today and a list, but are His people on that list?  Did you carve out time today to bring Christmas cookies to the staff at Target?  What about just making time to ask the cashier how their day is?  I think you make attempts everyday to talk to God’s people, but I think you can do better.  I think your smile and hello can become a daily relationship with that person.  I think you often have God and His people on your heart, but I think you can do more.  I know you can do more.  Today, I just want you to know we don’t know the time we have left to share His love and there may not be anyone like you in your community.  You may be the only one Cheri at Taco Bell can relate to and if you don’t carve out an extra 5 minutes you could miss out on a chance to love her.

Today, this season, this month, this year, I challenge you to tell God you are ready for His divine appointments, and you are ready to make more time to have them, no matter the cost.  I know you already do this, but I challenge you to do it as if its your last week to do it.

“As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me.  Night is coming, when no one can work.”