Time For What?

March 13, 2016
by Nan St. Louis

I may be retired, but as so many "retireds" know, it doesn't mean that we are idle. It means that we have more time to do things that we want to do, or at least, we can choose what we will do. That, at any rate, is the theory. The reality is that I am just as busy as ever. Having decided to be involved in one thing or another, tasks seem to mushroom into colliding commitments and too-full days. I do it to myself. There is so much that is worthwhile to do. But sometimes, I fear that I will lose myself in the midst of it all and drown in a sea of "gotta do's".

I'm not alone. It seems as if everyone that I talk to is like that, at whatever stage of life they are. Perhaps it is a tactic of the enemy to keep us from doing the important things. So, I'm having a dinner party for my neighbours tomorrow. In the middle of winter, we don't see each other much. I look forward to the singles and couples who will be here. It's not a big group — small enough to chat and catch up, to sense where they are at in their lives. One couple who moved to the neighbourhood this past summer are young, very busy "marrieds", no kids. They are so busy that I'm not even sure of his name, although I heard it in passing. So I look forward to building some community.

Connecting with people is so important in our world, be they brothers and sisters in Christ or not. It is an opportunity to reach out and draw out some of the people who are so busy that they haven't time to think or breathe. We never know where it will take us. I think of Jesus in the marketplace, talking to ordinary people. He always had time for them:

Luke 10:38 – Now as they went on their way, he entered a village; and a woman named Martha received him into her house. (RSV)

Luke 11:37 – While he was speaking, a Pharisee asked him to dine with him; so he went in and sat at table. (RSV)

Luke 14:1 – One sabbath when he went to dine at the house of a ruler who belonged to the Pharisees, they were watching him. (RSV)

John 4:6-7 – Jacob's well was there, and so Jesus, wearied as he was with his journey, sat down beside the well. It was about the sixth hour. There came a woman of Samaria to draw water. Jesus said to her, "Give me a drink." (RSV)

I pray that He might start something among us in our time. It is worth the risk.

Thought: Am I so busy with "stuff" that I am missing something?

Prayer: Lord, the world is such a busy place. Help us to be busy about Your business. Amen.

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Nan St. Louis <nanstlouis1@sympatico.ca>
Durham, Ontario, Canada

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Amen Nan!!


    Thanks for sharing this devotional with us, Nan. Blessings.


    This is a lovely devotional Nan. Thanks for sharing. Yes, we retirees can be too busy being busy! Trust your dinner party went well.


    I loved this. I started an empty nesters in my neighborhood several months ago. It
    has been a blessing. God bless you. A faithful reader.


    Dear Nan,
    I really enjoy your devotional “Time For What?”.
    Thank you.


    I am wondering how many “amens” you have received to this devotional as it captures the lives of many I am sure.
    Thank you,
    (Texas)


    I really can relate to your message today – being one of the “retireds” myself. Lately my husband and my have been wondering if we are too busy doing church (stuff) and not really being church. Are we missing something? Thanks for writing.


    Hello Nan,
    Blessings.


    Hi Nan,
    Thank you for your devotional about retired people, I always call myself “refocused” rather than retired.
    I also enjoyed your devotional earlier this month about the rainbarrels.
    Blessings in all you do.


    Amen Nan. I just heard someone say this week, that we have to remember that “God is in the interruptions” of our day.
    A good thing to remember amidst our busyness.
    Blessings Lynne.
    Blessings upon your dinner party!


    Dear Nan,
    I’m glad that you are a person who chooses to socialize and to bring people together.
    I pray that your guests will be together to share Jesus’ presence in the midst. Easter time is a great time of the year to be able to have conversations about the risen Lord and what the Bible says of his resurrection and presence with us.
    May God bless your endeavor.
    It is good to help “ordinary people” know they are loved extra-ordinarily by our Lord “who gave himself for our sins…” (Galatians 1:4).

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