Learning About Time from Bonhoeffer

Friday is for Heart Songs

“We must be ready to allow ourselves to be interrupted by God. … it is part of the discipline of humility that we must not spare our hand where it can perform a service and that we do not assume that our schedule is our own to manage, but allow it to be arranged by God.”

Bonhoeffer, Life Together, 99.

How much more time would we have for others, believers and unbelievers alike, if we followed this simple counsel from professor and martyr for Christ, Herr Bonhoeffer?

If you are planting a church
If you are pastoring a church,
If you are a pastor on a church staff,
If you are an elder of a church, …

… how are you building margin in your schedule so you have intentional time with a few brothers, to build into their lives and help them to grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ?

… how are you making time for interruptions by believers and unbelievers alike, to help others (“spare our hands”) so that they feel the love of Christ in our care for them?

… is your schedule more important than the people in your schedule?

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