A few weeks ago, I attended 3 meetings for church. Now, it is rare that I would have 3 meetings in one week, but it did make me think. I, and many others, spent 4.5 hours in meetings discussing the best ways to do the Lord’s work. I had to drive to and from the meetings, so that’s another 20 minutes gone. (Good thing I live close!) I had to prepare for the meeting, grab a pen, a notebook, a bottle of water, put on my shoes, brush my teeth, another 30 minutes? That’s at least 320 minutes devoted to attending meetings in a single week. So, it made me wonder if that time was well spent. It was definitely necessary. I have a commitment to committees and there is church business that needs to be addressed. There was good discussion and we did accomplish some things, so it wasn’t a waste of time by any means, but was it time well spent? Could that time have been better spent visiting a sick person in the hospital? Could I have read to my child? Could I have phoned an elderly relative? Could I have volunteered at a soup kitchen? I’m sure there is a lot I could’ve done. I wonder, what changes would our church see if everyone who had attended those meetings had spent that much time reading their Bible that week? What if we had spent 5 + hours in prayer? We will never know because I did indeed spend that time in meetings, but I do hope in the future to be more aware. Sometimes the meeting needs me…and sometimes the meeting needs me to be praying. I’m certain that God can accomplish much more than I can anyway!
Pray without ceasing. –1 Thes. 5:17 KJV