Today was our yearly retreat at work. I had to go downstairs to the conference room for the meeting. At my previous job our yearly retreats took place in Ft. Lauderdale, Washington DC, Austin, you get the picture. At one point in my life the travel was nice. Today, it is nice to go downstairs, meet and return home to my family.
What do our retreats consist of? Past retreats have been team building, motivational speaking, trust activities, and that one that involved kayaking on a lake. Now we look over the past year goals, talk about what worked and what didn’t work. Then we look ahead and plan our goals for the next year.
Every one of these that I have ever been involved in has its share of complaining. There is no way around it when you get that many people around a table. Ok, enough about my exciting day.
A retreat may be necessary for our jobs, but I think it is also needed in our spiritual lives. Where are we currently in our relationship with God? Are we closer than we were previously? What are our spiritual goals for the year? Did we meet our goals from last year? Yes, this needs to be done more than once or twice a year. This spiritual retreat needs to be done daily. Are we closer to God than the day before? If not, why not? What did we do to turn away? Yes, God doesn’t turn His back on His children. We are the ones doing the walking away. If we are the ones walking away then it is our responsibility to turn back to Him. God longs for our fellowship.
If I’m standing beside Casey in the kitchen and I need something from her I simply ask in a normal voice. She has no problem hearing or understanding me. If Casey is standing in the kitchen and I am with the boys by the creek it will take a lot more to get my attention.
I’m not equating Casey or I to God only saying that I don’t want God to have to get my attention to draw closer to Him. I do believe the further we are the more drastic measures are used. First and foremost we are not to try and judge situations in others lives. You have heard it before I’m sure.
“Do you hear what happened to so and so? They must have something going on!”
I don’t have time to go into it tonight, but read the book of Job. It is a short book with a great message. What I do want to stress is that we need to constantly evaluate our lives. It is so easy to get caught up in the day to day that we find ourselves in a foreign place and no clue how we got there. The further we get the harder it is to correct. If we see that there is a problem early on we can correct it easier.
Where are you today with your relationship with Christ? When is the last time you talked to Him? What will it take for Him to get your attention?