Back to life...
By Bobby Schuller, Hour of Power Pastor
"I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me."
God is ever-present. Jesus can be killed, but he can't be kept in the grave. That is the God that we serve and believe in. Resurrection is at the center of Christian thought - that anything that is killed or destroyed can be brought back to life.
I want to speak particularly to the ideas and the feelings of loneliness and despair that so many of us feel in everyday life. Whether we're religious or not, all of us have experienced terrible, dark moments of despair and loneliness. I want to speak to the grief that so many in our world carry every day.
We live in a world that is constantly in a hurry. I think this comes, perhaps, out of our pragmatism. We don't have time to stop and smell the roses. We have to be efficient. We have to get work. Many of us follow the same routine Monday through Friday. We get up, pour our cup of coffee, eat our bowl of Cheerios - that's me - then get stuck in traffic. It's go, go, go, come home, and have no energy for the family. We have to pay this, we have to get there, we carry things in our minds, and we find ourselves constantly in a state of hurry.
The Lord wants us to stop. He wants us to spend time with him. He wants our priorities to be his priorities. When we do, our days and relationships - with him and our loved ones - will be resurrected, brought back to life.
Prayer: Dear Lord, when I'm in a hurry for no important reason, I will stop. I will make my priorities your priorities. Amen.