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“         hile I was busy here and there...,”  are “busy here and there,” and we tell
                 said  one  of  the  sons  of  the  ourselves we cannot do everything. Sadly,
        Wprophets  (1Kings  20:40),  in  it is often spiritual life and assembly life
        his scenario to the king of Israel. In the  which suffers.
        fictional story he related, the busyness of   The main thing in life is to be sure that
        one man led to his failure to carry out his  the main thing in life is the main thing in
        responsibility.                      your life. A previous generation with far
          Life is busy. Corporate America would  fewer “time-saving devices,” working lon-
        demand every moment, and every ounce  ger hours on the job, and not possessing the
        of energy, from its management teams.  means of rapid transport which we have,
        The pace of life for the average family has  somehow managed to schedule everything
        sped up over the last decade. Educational  around assembly life. Their “main thing”
        demands pressure students to devote their  was honoring the Lord by their lives and
        entire mental capability to their studies.   by their devotion to what brought Him
          And yet, paradoxically, we never had so  pleasure and honor. Their children were
        many time-saving devices, such good cars,  “deprived” of little league and ballet, but
        or such good roads to travel toward our  they survived, and did not spend the rest
        destinations. We no longer work 12-hour  of their lives tripping over their feet. They
        days and six-day weeks. Every new time-  did not have all the cultural advantages
        saving gadget is marketed with a promise  available to the children of this generation;
        to save you more time and provide you  yet somehow, they did not turn out to be
        with more “leisure time.”            social misfits.
          But we are “busy here and there.” In   “This one thing,” was the language of the
        many of the larger cities in North America,  apostle Paul (Phil 3:13, KJV). The Psalmist,
        the cost of living pretty much dictates that  as well, had a single-minded goal: “One
        both husband and wife must work if they  thing have I desired of the Lord” (Psa 27:4,
        are going to be able to purchase a home  KJV). Hearts which are fixed, horizons
        and not live in an apartment. With both  which are focused, and hindrances which
        husband and wife working, evenings and  are forbidden marked all saints of a pre-
        Saturdays are needed to do the routine  vious age who lived for God. They were
        things which keep the household running  “busy” but not “here and there.” They
        smoothly. Any meetings other than the  were busy using themselves to advance the
        “routine” become almost impossible to  interests of the kingdom of God. Are there
        fit into the household schedule. We want  things we could eliminate from our lives,
        to give our children the privileges and  some activities which we can dispense
        possibilities from which they can profit.  with, time that could be made to be sure
        So, they are in gymnastics, soccer, ballet,  we are at all the activities of the assembly,
        scouts, little league, and a myriad of other  and able to support and encourage at all the
        activities, which means you are frantically  meetings? Could we simplify our lives with
        driving them and picking them up from  a view to multiplying our effectiveness for
        their games and activities, in between your  God? Could we subtract a few things in
        runs to Wal-Mart or the supermarket. We  order to add spiritual interests?

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