Time For God—The Consumer

With everything on our plates these days how do we even have time for God? As the information revolution takes over, time has become our most valued commodity. It is scarcer than money.

Compared to 40 years ago when not everything revolved around the office, the social clubs, and the coffee shop, now even our meals, stop lights and bed times are consumed with cells phones, TV screens and other forms of entertainment.

The median husband-wife unit are now working a combined 90 hours a week on the job all to feed our growing desire to have more.

More money.

More things.

More freedom.

But does that sound like freedom?

Somehow the thought of slaving away, working our whole lives in pursuit of this “American Dream” doesn’t sound like freedom at all. We’ve become married to this idea that since it’s available we MUST have it. We have become consumers hell-bent on swallowing up every piece of selfish real estate we can get our hands on.

As GM founder Charles Kettering one said, “The key to economic prosperity is the organized creation of dissatisfaction.”

Thus, we created the consumer.

This consumer mentality shouldn’t define how we live our lives. There is truly only one thing that we need and that is the blood of Christ. We need it daily. We need it more daily to combat the rising, suffocating consumer culture where we call our “home.”

Our value should not be found in what we place on our walls, in our wallets or park in our garage but how we spend our time.

In his book “The Air I Breathe”, Louie Giglio defines worship as “our response to what we value most. As a result, worship determines our actions, becoming the driving force for all we do. But everybody has an altar. And every altar has a throne.”

Whatever is worth the most to us is how we will spend our time.

How do you spend your time?

What is on the throne of your life?

If we are to be consumers let us be consumers of the word of God, daily putting him on the throne of our lives and giving Him value with our worship.

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We Are Here For You

When I first started playing the bass guitar at 15 I had no idea what I was doing. At 24 I still don’t quite know whats going on half the time. It’s heavy, it’s long and you only need one per band.

Job security, ALRIGHT!

At a birthday party freshman year for my classmate and fellow skater, I remember sitting up in his room and listening to him bang away on a beat up starter kit while our other shaggy-haired buddy head bobbed and chugged away on his Ibanez to our favorite Blink 182 song.

This was high school. My friends were making music and I wanted to be apart of it.

I thought to myself, “All they need is a bass player to even things out. It’s only 4 strings, you usually only play one at a time, I think I can figure it out.” That summer I saved up $150(ironically) and bought my friend’s used Squier P bass as well as $250 Laney bass head and Kustom Cab. Most of this gear I still have though it’s holding together by the paint itself.

One afternoon I got a call from my youth pastor who said “Hey man, I heard you’re learning bass(emphasis on the learning). Wanna come up and jam on Wednesday night?” Though I could hardly tell you the difference between a half-step and 5th fret at the time I of course said yes and proceeded to indoctrinate myself into the world of music.

Fast forward 9 years later and I’m standing on stage right in my home church’s youth room playing along and listening to 5 guitars, 4 voices, 1 piano and 1 drum kit all synchronize in perfect harmony as we together lift up the name of our Savior. All but 2 of us are students in the youth group. It literally doesn’t get any better than that.

After about a 6 year sabbatical from the youth group worship band they asked me to come back and help out. It has been an absolute joy to be around my kids and see them pursue the LORD through serving, study and worship. Like any band  it can be easy to grow comfortable and complacent with playing and performing on a normal basis.

So what can we do to keep the fire and passion for worship alive and well?

Everything we do in this life must be a mirror of His grace, it all must point back to Him.

Remember the whole reason why we’re there. “We are here for You.”

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