What do you do when you and your wife are working multiple part-time jobs and both serving at the same church in a bi-vocational fashion? What do you do when the demands of your secular job conflicts or intrudes with the vision that you have for your ministry? This is the situation that my wife and I were in several years ago, before the Lord called us to FBC Paris. It never seemed like there was enough time to go around. Between graduate school, teaching music two days a week, giving private voice lessons, singing in quartet, on top of serving at a local church–not to mention being a husband to Becky–time was precious.
So, what was the one thing that helped us to maintain sanity, and much more important, the ability to serve and earn a living? Scripture. There is something that happens when the first thing of the day is spent in communion with the Heavenly Father. Odd it may seem, and contrary to the secular world, spending time alone with God–especially at the start of the day–creates more time. How God does this is a mystery to me. Most likely God will not stop the sun in the sky as He did for Joshua, but He will allow your mind to be centered, and focused, creating more time. On more than one occasion it was hard for me to make the time, but I can honestly say that I do not regret any of the days that I started with God through His Word.
It was during this time that I found great comfort and meaning with these verses from Psalm 1.
How happy is the man
who does not follow the advice of the wicked
or take the path of sinners
or join a group of mockers!
Instead, his delight is in the Lord’s instruction,
and he meditates on it day and night.
He is like a tree planted beside streams of water
that bears its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither.
Whatever he does prospers. (Psalm 1:1-3 HCS)