Pastor’s Corner: Be (Less) Busy and Know that I Am God

April 18, 2018

In the last Messenger, I wrote that with Easter Sunday past, this is no ordinary time. We do not go “back to normal.” The implication, of course, was that this is a time to be as active and busy as possible.

This time, I’d like to if not contradict myself, then at least clarify myself.

Mostly, I’d like to teach myself.

Five years ago, I attended a retreat for clergy featuring the Rev. Dr. Kirk Byron Jones, a long-time pastor and author of books on living the Christian faith. He is best known for his advice to slow down, appreciate the gifts of God, and give thanks.

At this event, Dr. Jones, a Bible open before him, said, “Of course we all know that great Scripture, ‘Be busy, and know that I am God!’” As the room full of pastors exploded in laughter, he continued: “Oh, I’m sorry. Psalm 46:10. But if I say it like that in some churches, I get an ‘Amen!’”

We laughed even harder. And, mostly, settled into slowing down (at least a little) for the retreat.

Most of us. I did not. I was filming, recording, and photographing the event (which is how I can quote Dr. Jones today). I think I may have even facilitated some fun and games on the challenge course. I didn’t stay still very much.

My advice to you today is to ignore my example. Follow Dr. Jones’ advice, and the guidance of Psalm 46:

“Be still, and know that I am God!
I am exalted among the nations,
I am exalted in the earth.”

This is, I freely confess, a “Do as I say, and not as I do” moment from your pastor. Take your lead from the Psalmist, and not from what you see in me. Take time. Make time. Be still. Be blessed.

And perhaps, just perhaps, I’ll have the opportunity to learn how to do it from you.

Be still.

Be blessed.

With aloha,

Pastor Eric

Categories Pastor's Corner Reflections | Tags: , | Posted on April 18, 2018

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