Some of you might have noticed that I have not been blogging as much in the last couple of weeks. The truth is, I haven't been doing much of anything the last several weeks.
We had a couple of Russian guests visiting the church. And as the pastor who invited them, I was showing them around and playing the good host. While doing that, I neglected most of my regular habits - daily reading and praying, studying, preparing, planning. And the more I let my daily spiritual habits go, the tougher it became to get back into the swing of things.
As I look back on the last couple of weeks, it makes me mad. Not because I didn't enjoy my time with the Russians, but because I allowed myself to be so unproductive. It's as if my brain and heart took a vacation too.
There are certain things that I don't ever want to stop doing.
I don't want to ever lose my intimacy with my Savior and Lord. This is my life line. It's my connection and intimacy with God that gives me the motivation and gives me the purpose for why I am alive. And I let that slip. I don't want to let that happen again.
I don't ever want to stop learning and growing. And I haven't been reading as I normally do. And the result is that I've got nothing to share. I've got nothing to write. I've got to keep learning and studying. I don't want to ever stop learning and growing.
I let myself get out of the routine of my daily and weekly habits. I am still recovering from that. I don't want to let myself go like that again.
No matter what else is happening in my life, I don't ever cease to be a Christ-follower, a pastor to God's church just as I don't ever stop being a husband and a father. This is who I am.
Be it resolved that I will stay connected to God through my daily habits, and I will continue to learn and grow.