Time

Since starting and being involved in the Six Sided Men’s Ministry efforts a simple yet important aspect has made itself known.  It has been well worth the time.  I have loved every minute of our time together and the resulting challenges it has created in me.

I have come to look forward to Monday Mornings at The Grove with fervor and excitement.  In a short time it has become exciting to other people as well.  Andrew Lee messaged me apologizing for oversleeping and regretting not being able to make it.  It has been a blessing to get to know him better over the past few weeks.  No fear my friend we will see you again soon!

Yesterday morning was no different as Mark Howell, Dan Cook, Jason Toy, David Bozeman, Matt McVey and I spent time over coffee talking about a variety of Spiritual and Biblical subjects.  It was extraordinary how valuable that time was to each person as well as the collective enrichment of getting know more about each other on a personal level.  Relationships take time and effort.  I have known all of these men for many years but in the eleven years of going to our church I had not experienced the chance to talk to them all at once in that way.  The reason is very simple.  We had not taken the time or advantage of the opportunity to do so.  Who is to blame or why this is so does not matter and are questions at this point only a fool would ask.

The difference?  The secret to experiencing this again is not to just tell you about it on a blog but commit to continue to make the time going forward to be a part of these moments.  Whether that is joining our groups activities or a get together somewhere else.

Make the time and go.  YOU are welcome, wanted and needed.  Every time and always.

David Bozeman recently mentioned we need to be in the Word as well as attending and participating in our events.  I felt the discomfort of a challenge to a steady way of being I had grown accustomed to.  I had to confess to myself that I had not been a part of an consistent attempt to be in the Word…ever.  In eleven years since I was baptized I can not tell you I had dedicated a consistent extended time to studying the Bible.  I had read here and there.  I read the Daily Verse in my Bible app every morning as a starter and obsess a bit in my brain about all things Christian.  However, I had not taken a consistent dedicated time frame to read the Bible and let it speak to me.  The discomfort I felt was due to the truth David had spoken.  I say this because recently I have used the time I work out to listen to the Bible instead of what I usually do.  I also took a queue from Doug Robinson and have been listening to 1 Corinthian’s and have done so more than once.  I even took David’s advice again and changed the Bible version which made the listening aspect even better for me.  Ironically, the voice for The Message Version of the Bible App sounds like Doug  to me so there is that!   So far the experience has been invaluable.  I wanted to confess to you the first part of this paragraph as it was the truth and I did not want to write about how wonderful being the Word has been without a perspective.  I did not want to give the impression that I do or have always spent my time well in regards to reading and studying the Bible.  No sir I have not but I am going to take the time going forward to take the time to make it a priority in my life.  I believe time is our greatest resource and there is only so much of it.  However, we make time for the things that are important to us.

This all reminded me of a video I came across recently.  I find it compelling and highly applicable to this post.  Enjoy.