June Thoughts from Greg


I am the vine, you are the branches.
Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit,
because apart from me you can do nothing.
Jesus in John 15:5
Time is flying by! Summer is upon us! Whenever I feel the pace of life zooming by, I like to ponder what God might be saying to me.
Sometimes time flies because we’re having so much fun. In those situations, I like to slow down and give thanks. I want to savor the moment and lock it into my memories forever. I’ve been having a lot of those moments with my kids lately and it’s good. I often think to myself, in the future, when the kids are out of the house, how much would I give to play piano with Micah or shoot hoops with Lydia?
Sometimes time flies because we’re just too darn busy. We put our head down and crank widgets like there’s no tommorrow, and then we look up and ask “where did the time go?” I’ve learned this applies to some of you retired folk too. So many of you seem to be busier now than you were in the work world! In these situations, I like to slow down and ask if I’m spending my most precious resource (my time) on the right things. Jesus reminds us to not gain the whole world but lose our souls.
I know my time is best spent when I’m balancing work and rest, fruitfulness and abiding. In John 15 we learn that apart from Jesus we can do nothing. We can spin our wheels, but what would it all be for if Jesus isn’t in it?
Summer is a great time to reflect on your pace and take stock of the important relationships in your life. I’ve got some time away planned and I want to do just that. We remember that people matter more than tasks and not to worry so much about things that aren’t as important as they pretend be.
May we abide with Jesus so that he can bear even more fruit through us.

God’s Peace,