I want to be the kind of person that seeks first instead of trying to reap first. Seeking God first is a choice. When I’m trying to seek after material things I tend to neglect my responsibility to seek God. I must remind myself daily and say today I will choose God first over everything.
I don’t want to be so “thing centered” that I forget all about being God -centered.
Prayer: Lord help me seek you with all my heart because You have all that I need. Amen
Sometimes I can accomplish something and think I’m doing something real big. My friends will often affirm it by saying things to me like you really “killed it” or you know you “crushed it.” Even my personal goal setting journal encourages me with a nice font saying “nailed it!” right at the bottom of each page. The idea of getting things done got me to thinking about how God did something real big one day. He sent his only Son Jesus Christ to die for my sins. The gift of eternal life and everlasting joy was the only goal. He accomplished it. The work of Jesus was finished on the cross through his death, burial and resurrection. This made me realize no matter what I accomplish, no one can kill it, crush it or nail it like Jesus can. None of my accomplishments can ever compare to Calvary.
Prayer: Thank you Lord for loving us so much that you sent your only Son Jesus to die for our sins. Amen
Sometime I have to just start over. I get off track, I lose focus and I don’t always stick to the goals I have planned. I have to constantly remind myself of the beginning whenever I’m trying to live healthy and eat healthy. I must focus on the genesis, that initial starting point. I start to remind myself of the commitment made, the desire to do better and take care of this temple God gave me. I remind myself of the promises of God. When we start to feel alone or stagnant we can always start over. God is with us and for us. I love how the Bible shows us that living on pitch is not a solo act. In reading Genesis, two words stood out in chapter 1 verse 26 then God said, “let us”. We need God, the Creator and Lord of all. He doesn’t need us. It starts with God and a “let us” mentality. Do you have a new beginnings prayer?
Here’s mine: Dear Lord I need You and I am totally relying on your help. I don’t want to do anything without you. Help us stay in tune and focused, let us start over, let us make the right choices to reach our goals and let us desire to please you. Amen.
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I got up with good intentions. I started the day with my daily devotion and quiet time with God. I had a goal in mind and one goal only: be productive. My bar was raised high and I was about to check off a list of things I’d accomplished. The day was going to be a good one and I could feel it in my bones. I got to work and forgot my badge for the elevator. My productivity excitement level decreased, then I found it was buried in the bottom of my bag and the level of excitement increased again. My computer was on and I went on my way to being highly productive and achieving great things. The phone started to ring, e-mails came flooding in and text messages were flying back and forth. Interruptions continue like the commercials on tv. I look at the clock and it was time for lunch already. My list of things to do was staring back at me. Where was I and what had I accomplished? Not too much really but I focused on the task in front of me. Productivity is not always measured by how much I check off a list, sometimes it’s measured by how much I rely on God’s power. I start over again, get quiet, say a prayer and write Proverbs 19:21 out on a post it note, to keep going. I work with the intention to fulfill God’s purpose not with the intention to check everything off the list.
Proverbs 19:21 (ESV) Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.
I have two words on my wall in my office. Faith and focus. They are there to remind me to keep the faith and stay focused. I will admit sometimes I lose my focus. I’ll get off-track and I have too much going on at the same time. My focus may be a little blurred but my faith is clear. I am steadfast and I persevere. I press on, I keep on going and I hold on to whatever it takes to get me through it all. I am learning, just because I’m out of focus doesn’t mean I am out of faith. Keep the faith and be encouraged to keep living purposefully on pitch.
Here are two words for you today: Worship God
It’s not about you. We must not let anyone try to worship us, for we are all servants in the kingdom.
Revelation 22: 8-9 ESV
I John, am the one who heard and saw these things, And when I heard and saw them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who showed them to me, but he said to me, “You must not do that. I am a fellow servant with you and your brothers the prophets and with those who keep the words of this book. Worship God.”