Do you attend church for an hour on Sunday but find the other 6 days and 23 hours in between are spiritually empty? Are you like most parents these days who dash from a nine-hour workday to soccer games, ballet lessons and school fund-raisers and simply can’t find the time to connect spiritually each day?
John Burke, lead pastor at Gateway Church in Austin, Texas and author of The Soul Revolution created the 60/60 Experiment for busy parents like you and me. John asked each member of our congregation to buy an inexpensive sports watch and set the alarm to beep every hour on the hour. For 60 days, whether in the middle of a board meeting at work, controlling chaos with our kids or commuting in traffic, our congregation committed to saying a prayer each time the alarm beeped – 18 hours per day – for 60 days – no matter what.
An absolute spiritual revolution took place. Mina Rogers says, “Ironically, my ‘God Alarm’ beeped right when that jerk cut me off in traffic or my son was coloring on the wall. When I would normally be outraged, my alarm reminded to me ask God for forgiveness and have a kind heart.”
Another Gateway member said, “If I’m being really honest, days and weeks would go by and I wouldn’t even think about God or pray. The 60/60 Experiment was a wake-up call that when I stay spiritually connected every hour on the hour, my life is much more manageable, peaceful and complete.”
Not only did having a God Alarm impact my life, but also my children. When my alarm beeped, my daughter would say, “Mommy, it’s time to pray!” and we would join in a prayer together. This experiment has been so powerful that we have continued to use our alarms every day for over two years now.
Pastor John Burke says in his book, “As we become comfortable doing life with God, we begin to experience the power of his life flowing up into our often lifeless world – a power that brings peace even in the storms, a power that gives self-control even when we’re angry, a power to develop deep, authentic relationships, a power to love even the most difficult people, and the power to experience a joy in the moments of each day as every moment of life becomes alive with new possibilities.”