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“Making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.” (Ephesians 5:16, English Standard Version) Confession. With all the time I’ve had at home for the past several weeks in lockdown, I haven’t accomplished as much as I thought I would. Others seem to be organizing closets, clearing garages of useless items, packing things to donate to charity, and doing spring cleaning. While I tell myself I should do that, I’ve put it off for still another day. Perhaps I’m not alone in my lack of productivity. I recently saw an article that asked, “Why is doing nothing…

“You have planted much but harvest little. You eat but are not satisfied. You drink but are still thirsty. You put on clothes but cannot keep warm. Your wages disappear as though you were putting them in pockets filled with holes! This is what the LORD of Heaven’s Armies says: Look at what’s happening to you!” (Haggai 1:6-7, New Living Translation). Haggai is a tiny Old Testament book with a big message: get your priorities right. It’s a message we need just as much today as the people of Israel did then. It’s all about learning the importance of putting…

“If God doesn’t build the house, the builders only build shacks. If God doesn’t guard the city, the night watchman might as well nap. It’s useless to rise early and go to bed late, and work your worried fingers to the bone. Don’t you know he enjoys giving rest to those he loves?” (Psalm 127:1-2, The Message) Why do we overbook ourselves to the point that we are beyond exhausted at the end of every day only to do the same thing the next day? I know that in my own experience, opting out of helping people – church related…