Tonight I remembered a book by Marva J. Dawn that I read about four years ago called “A Royal ‘Waste’ of Time: The Splendor of Worshipping God and Being Church for the World”. It was a very thoughtful book on worship, and one of the things I liked most about it was the tongue-in-cheek title. Worship is when we use up or “waste” our time and our very selves on the Royalty of the universe.
I think I’m drawn to this description of worship because it points out my biggest personal struggle with prayer. As I mentioned in “What’s Up with Fasting”, I tend to be very task focused, and prayer doesn’t often feel like a very productive thing to do. That’s what I like so much about describing worship as a “royal ‘waste’ of time” – it’s a great reminder that worship and prayer isn’t about being productive from a human standpoint. It’s about relating to God and showing Him my love. It’s about “wasting” our time on Him.
Of course we do this all the time with people we love, but sometimes we forget that it should be the same way with God. I sit on my couch with my wife, and we talk about things and read books out loud together. I ask her questions and listen to her opinion of things. We take walks together and enjoy meals together. It’s all great fun, but it’s certainly not productive, and it should be the same way with God.
So for those of you who join me each week in “wasting” our time setting up and taking down the West Campus stuff, and for those of you who “waste” your time on gathering together to read the Word and sing songs to God… keep up the good work! It’s what we were made for!