Family Messes Wk 1 // The Calendar Mess

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ICEBREAKER

  • In a typical week, what would you say is your biggest waste of time? What would you say is your greatest use of time?
  • What is something you wish you could spend your time doing, but don’t ever seem to get around to it?

 

INTRODUCTION

In this week's sermon, Pastor Mike introduced several messes that families tend to find themselves in from time to time. And these messes, if left unchecked, can have a negative impact on our relationships with one another and our faith. The first mess Mike share was the Calendar Mess. Balancing schedules can be a full time job. And as everything begins to creep onto our calendar it can be hard to find time for what really matters.

 

SERMON RECAP

Spend a few minutes recapping Pastor Mike's sermon together. Click here to view the sermon notes.

  • What was one takeaway from this week's sermon for you?
  • Were there any stories, ideas, or points that stuck out?
  • Was there anything that challenged you?

 

READ

Have a volunteer READ PSALM 90:1-9.

  • Find every reference to time you can in these verses. What is the overall message about time here?
  • Moses prayed this prayer as he was preparing the Israelites for their entry into the promised land. Why do you think he wanted to drive this particular point home?

NOTE
It might seem like a downer, but Moses’ prayer here was important for the Hebrews. The 40 years of desert wandering were meant, in part, to help them understand their need to rely completely on God each day. God owns time, and every moment we have belongs to Him. Time is precious, because time is terminal. And as they entered a new phase of life, they would be tempted to forget to keep God at the center.

Have a volunteer READ PSALM 90:10.

  • How did Moses describe the best of times?
  • It may sound negative, but Moses is actually sharing words of hope. What is his true meaning behind these words?
  • How will this life be different from our “time” in eternity?

NOTE
The Hebrews certainly knew the brevity of time, and it wasn’t because they were having fun. Their days were filled with hard work and difficult circumstances. Still, time flew. People they knew and loved passed away, children grew, marriages took place, and babies were born. There were good times and there were bad times, and all of it pointed them to the greater reality.

Have a volunteer READ PSALM 90:11-17.

  • What was Moses’ request of God for the Israelites in verse 12? To what end?
  • What was Moses’ hope and expectation of God in verses 14-17?
  • Why did Moses turn to God in prayer for these things, instead of leading the Hebrews in a time-management class?

NOTE
God is not limited by time. God is the author and source of all time, and He helps us make the most of time. When we keep Him at the center of our time, He will satisfy us and we will find gladness. Life is busy, and it will likely remain busy until the end. But if we will recognize the responsibility we have to make the most of our time and keep God at the center of our days, He will bless our time.

 

APPLICATION

  • Choose one phrase about time from Psalm 90 that you can pray this week. What is it? Why did you choose that phrase?
  • What would change in your life this week if you had the same perspective Moses had in Psalm 90?
  • How is God speaking to you today about your time?

 

PRAYER

Thank God for giving you today. Invite Him to be at the center of your schedule and to help you make the most of it.

Brian Otte