Whit’s End: Take Time

As Christians, our musical tradition has often been the source of our inspiration and encouragement.  The hymns we sing (traditional or contemporary) have the power to re-align our hearts and remind us of who we are and what we are all about.  When we sing, we are vulnerable and we put ourselves at the mercy of the music and it’s words (lyrics).  That vulnerability is important to the whole of Christian life.  Too often we fail to stand bare before God, without our self-pride or our distracting gadgets.  We spent a great deal of time hiding behind our “to do” lists and our “work”.    

There is a song that has been bouncing off the walls of my heart for quite sometime.  It’s words are simple yet true.  It is reminder to attend to the life of a Christian; to be and do the things that come naturally to those in a relationship with God.  I hope it will speak to you.  I pray that it can become a source of encouragement.  Let it be your marching orders today???everyday???as you take time to be God’s own.

“Take Time to be Holy”
William D. Longstaff, 1882

Take time to be holy, speak oft with thy Lord;
Abide in Him always, and feed on His Word.
Make friends of God???s children, help those who are weak,
Forgetting in nothing His blessing to seek.

Take time to be holy, the world rushes on;
Spend much time in secret, with Jesus alone.
By looking to Jesus, like Him thou shalt be;
Thy friends in thy conduct His likeness shall see.

Take time to be holy, let Him be thy Guide;
And run not before Him, whatever betide.
In joy or in sorrow, still follow the Lord,
And, looking to Jesus, still trust in His Word.

Take time to be holy, be calm in thy soul,
Each thought and each motive beneath His control.
Thus led by His Spirit to fountains of love,
Thou soon shalt be fitted for service above.

Rev. Whit R. Martin
Pastor, New Liberty United Methodist Church

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