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Jan. 3, 2005, Herald Journal
Pastor's Column

Resolve to live less by deadlines

By Pastor Lyndon Korhonen, Good Shephard Free Lutheran, Cokato

What would you like to be different this new year?

I spent a day with my wife in St. Cloud before Christmas, and before we went, I said to myself that I was not going to be in a hurry all day long. I wanted to enjoy this day shopping with her. She also had a doctor visit at the end of the day.

Yes, I was tested. It happened at Sears as I was waiting to buy two gift cards. A lady had at least 20 items in her cart and the clerk was an older lady who seemed to enjoy ringing up each purchase rather deliberately.

The shopper in front of me apologized for how long it was taking, but I assured her I was not upset because I was not in a hurry and wanted to enjoy the day and the season.

As the day went on, I wasn’t really challenged again until I went to pick up my wife from the doctor appointment. She thought she would be finished around 4 p.m., but she did not get in until 4 p.m., and it was 5:30 p.m. when we were leaving the doctor’s office.

That was not so tough in and of itself, but we were to be back in Cokato for a Christmas supper at 5:30 p.m. All we could do was get there when we could, and yes, they still had a plate for us.

So, is God ever in a hurry? I have never read that He is.

So, why not? I think it is because God does not operate in time. He has no beginning or ending because He is eternal, and therefore, how can He be bound by time?

I think this is what Peter is revealing to us in II Peter 3:8, “But do not forget this one thing, dear friends. With the Lord, a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.”

God does not operate by our time. And it is interesting that the next verse reveals that God is not in a hurry. He is patient.

“The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”

God knows what will be accomplished in the end, and therefore, He does not have to be in a hurry.

So, if the believer in Christ has promises from God that all things work together for good, do we need to be in a hurry and inpatient?

In this new year, live less by deadlines. Don’t fill your life so full. Allow an extra one-half hour in your morning schedule, in case something takes longer.

The believer in Christ should be so patient out in public and at home because God is in control and has a plan.

Care to take that challenge for the new year? You may even live longer with less cares and worries about time.

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