June 4, 2007, Enterprise Dispatch
Pastor's Column

A failed experiment

Rev. Lyndon Korhonen, Good Shepherd Free Lutheran, Cokato

It was Thursday, and I had planned to pick up firewood with our trailer at a couple of different locations. I wanted to get going early so we could be loaded and headed for home before dark.

Josh had to drop off some DVDs at the library and I wanted to visit “a man’s dream and a woman’s nightmare” garage sale in town. I had to clean out the bark from under the deck where our firewood supply is stored and unload the bark at the compost site.

So, I decided to skip having family devotions first and see if I could remember to have them when we got home. I wanted to see if this would work, because normally, if I don’t have my time with the Lord first thing in the morning, it gets squeezed out of my day.

When we got home with part of next year’s wood supply, it was just starting to get dark. I was looking forward to going indoors and having a root beer float when I remembered I had planned to pick up some logs with that same trailer the next night. I considered having Josh unload the trailer after school, but remembered that he had made plans to help prepare for the OASIS garage sale at church.

I could get it unloaded early Friday morning, but it was my morning for early Bible study with the guys. So, now, I had to start unloading in the twilight.

I unloaded some, then went in and had the float, and returned to unloading some more. I went inside, my brother called, and then, it was time for bed.

It was 5:32 a.m. the next morning before I remembered my experiment. I had forgotten to have family devotions.

How had it happened? I like to schedule my time in order to get much accomplished, but in doing that, the thought of family devotions had never even crossed my mind.

I find it interesting that, for human beings, the physical things of this world come very naturally to us, but the spiritual things take special effort. That is why it very rarely ever works to put the physical before the spiritual – nearly every time, the spiritual will get squeezed out.

How are you doing with family devotions? My failed experiment is a reminder to me that I can’t let the physical overtake the spiritual.

The apostle Paul recognized the ongoing discipline that was needed in this life when he said, “No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I, myself will not be disqualified for the prize.” (1Cor.9:27)

The next morning, I asked the Lord to forgive me for putting my schedule in front of Him. His blood cleanses me from that sin also.

If you have failed experiments in your devotional life, ask His forgiveness and put Him first before your schedule squeezes out your Lord.

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