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Topic: Retreat (as in quiet time away) (08/01/05)
TITLE: RETREAT TO SURRENDER
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Often times family is neglected: children with absentee parents, a wife’s unmet emotional needs, a teenager caught up in God knows what right before our eyes, just to impress people we don’t like, or prove our manliness by obtaining all this “stuff”, all the time, sacrificing the things that really matter when it comes right down to it. That would be time with our family, church, and most importantly, our relationship with God. Jesus said it best when He made the statement, “What doth it profit a man if he gain the whole world, and lose his own soul.” When we sacrifice the important things to the god of busyness, or self-importance, we sacrifice the very things that can truly give us peace of mind and satisfaction.
So if anyone has identified a problem in their own life from what has been stated already, give careful consideration to this suggestion; RETREAT TO SURRENDER. I didn’t say go spend time with your wife, or take little Johnny or Suzie on a trip to Disney World out of some sense of guilt, or duty that says, “Ok, I better do this.” No, this is not said to shame anyone. All of us are prone to have misguided priorities from time to time. Retreat to surrender is this: get alone with God, express to Him that you recognize the problem, then surrender it to Him. You may not feel like it at first, but we’re not going by feelings here. This is an act of faith. It’s you deciding that your relationships have suffered long enough. “I have neglected the important things of life. I have refused to rest and it’s killing me. My wife sees it, my children sense it. My friends tell me I’m working my way to an early grave.”
Then comes the most important questions of all. “God what can I do about this? How do I change this situation?” If you try to go change it by yourself out of guilt, chances are it will fail. True change in our life can only come as we are led by the Holy Spirit. The Word says, “He (the Holy Spirit) will guide us into all truth.” I’m not saying this will be easy, but I’ve had to consult God in this manner on several occasions. When the busyness of life weighs us down to the cares of this world, it could very well mean that we just need to retreat to surrender.
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