Saturday, July 24th, 2010
"They spent considerable time speaking with boldness by the authority of Jehovah." (Acts 14:3)
Ask yourself, 'Does my daily schedule include time for Bible reading, meditation, and prayer?' (Psalm 77:12; 119:97; 1 Thessalonians 5:17) 'Do I set aside time for preparing for Christian meetings? Do I encourage others by giving comments during the meetings?' (Psalm 122:1; Hebrews 2:12) As did Paul and Barnabas, could you adjust your circumstances in order to spend more time, even "considerable time," in the preaching work, perhaps serving as a pioneer? (Hebrews 13:15) Loving elders today likewise use much of their time to strengthen others. In addition to their field ministry, elders work hard to shepherd the flock, search for lost sheep, assist the sick, and care for many other responsibilities within the congregation. If you are a baptized brother, do your circumstances allow you to reach out for these additional privileges of service?
(Watchtower issue: 10/15/08, 5:14, 15)
I heard an awesome experience of a family who looked for ways to adjust their schedules so that they could all pioneer together...their older kids serve as regular pioneers even though they're still in highschool, and their younger kids who are in middle school, are regular auxilary pioneers.
Which is actually a great idea, because think how many teenagers are pushed by their parents to spend hours and hours everyday practicing sports or getting involved in other afterschool and extra-curricular activities,...while they are staying spiritually focused and helping others by pursuing the ministry instead.