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May 2002

“How To Save Time!”

Back in the "Olden Days" there was a song by Jim Croce that started, "If I could save time in a bottle." It talked about the marching of time in our lives and how it affected relationships. With my daughter Shannon graduating from college and getting married, we are again faced with thinking about time and how it can slip through our fingers. The art of saving time and our influence is sometimes easier to sing about than to do. However, I think there is a biblical plan that just might work. It is time to invest in what matters. If we will think of investing time in our family relationships and personal friendships we will continue to cherish and enjoy those relationships long after society says they should be over.

What is important to remember is that we must invest the time when our children are young and living with us. When they grow into the teen years, graduate, then move out, our connections change. We have a small window of time to invest. The influence we have with our children is directly related to the time we invest.

Walt Mueller is his book titled "Understanding Today's Youth Culture" states, "The degree of influence that the world has on our children depends greatly on how involved we become in their lives. Media, peer groups, and a host of other influences are there to pick up the slack left by absent, busy or indifferent parents." Parents, you can have a major influence on your child. In fact, the role of parenting has never been as important as it is today.

The dominant culture is shouting commands to our kids that are in opposition to all that God stands for. We must continue to take our place alongside our children and give them direction. The words of scripture written so many years ago have not changed in their importance. "And now a word to you fathers. Don't make your children angry by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction approved by the Lord." Ephesians 6:4 New Living Translation Or in "The Message" paraphrase "Fathers, don't exasperate your children by coming down hard on them. Take them by the hand and lead them in the way of the Maker." Or the King James, "And ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nuture and admonition of the Lord."

No matter how you translate the verse, the word encourages us to spend time nurturing your family in God's way.

May and June are special family months. Mother's Day, Father's Day, and Graduation Day all remind us of the important foundations of life that are laid in the home. Do not underestimate the impact that you make in the lives of children and youth. Don't invest so much in the things of the world like money, job, success, that the yield in what matters is spiking down. Today is a good time to sell the old investments in time and begin again. It is a great time to once again connect with your family. Save time by investing in what matters.

In Christ's Love,

Pastor Craig

Community Covenant Church
Pastor Craig Johnson
P.O. Box 278, Upsala, MN 56384     Church (320) 573-2672     Fax (320) 573-4172