Thursday, January 31, 2008

Busyness: the great temptation

“What is the greatest temptation facing women today?” someone asked Anne Graham Lotz this question yesterday at a press conference I attended for Lotz’ Just Give Me Jesus crusade slated this Saturday at the Araneta Coliseum.

“Busyness,” she answered. It is ironic, she pointed out, that the things that are supposed to help make life convenient (examples: text messaging, e-mail, and the like) are the ones making us busier. And with women having homes, children, and jobs to attend to, a lot of us neglect the most important thing—our relationship with God.

There’s not much time to pray and read the Bible. Or if we do, we hurry and can’t really concentrate, thinking of the many things we have to do.

“Establish a vibrant, growing relationship with God,” said Anne, daughter of the late evangelist Billy Graham. “Life is so hard; we have to have some help.” And that help she’s talking about is help from Jesus.

BOOK OF THE WEEK: The Five Love Languages of Teenagers by Gary Chapman. What worked before when your kids were very young may not work with them now that they are teenagers. That’s because teenagers seek individuality and independence and have their own mind. Find out what love language would work for your own teen.

VERSE OF THE WEEK: Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you…Let not your heart be troubled. John 14:27