Words from Pastor Kestler
Even in Ministry, I still struggle with the daily busyness of life that can affect my efforts to participate in a personal one-on-one quiet time with the Lord. Maybe you can identify with this in your life too. It's not we are totally against reading God's word every day. It's not that we don't necessarily have an interest. However, we all know that there's only 24 hours in a day, we are asleep for 8-9 of them and that only leaves us about 14 hours left to complete our to-do list. On a regular basis when I get to the office, I'm already in sermon preparation mode I'm ready to sit down at my desk, open up my Bible and my commentaries, and begin my study for Wednesday and Sunday services. What I can be guilty of doing sometimes is saying to myself, "well, I have a lot to do today and I'm sure I will finish with my sermon study in enough time to where I can do my quiet time afterwards." Then before I know it, I am either tired from the study I have already been doing or I move on to many other tasks before the day is finished and I have no quite time with the Lord at all. Now I'm not saying that I do not have a daily quiet time. I treasure that time as much as I can. Oh, but I also know that every once in a while, I am good at talking myself out of doing it simply because I decide that there are other things that must take priority. In doing that, I have also learned what a mistake that is. Starting off each day or ending the day reading God's word and spending time in prayer truly does make all the difference in a positive way. The problem is, Satan knows that quiet time with the Lord will have a positive effect on our day. That is why I believe he does everything he can to convince us that the busy schedule we have must take priority. Are you struggling to include a daily quiet time in your daily life? You are not by yourself. However, let me encourage you to begin taking the right steps to either start your day off right or end your day right. There's no magic time as to when you should have quiet time, but there is also no well-lived day not having one at all. Try it and find out for yourself what a difference it will make.
Pastor Kestler Ruth