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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Eliminating and Concentrating

·      You have so much to do today!  How will you ever accomplish everything that is before you ~ especially if you stop the first thing in your morning and spend thirty minutes alone with the Lord? There's the housework, going to work, taking care of the children, cooking the meals, and so many other decisions to be made today!  You'd better get busy!  

    Wait! Consider this first:

     Without having time with God our housework will be just cleaning up after others.  When we do it after time with God, it’s our way of showing God’s love to those who live with us.

Without having time with God, going to do our jobs will be part of our daily grind.  When we do it after time with God, it’s a ministry to others.

·         Without having time with God, spending time with the children all day will be a display of gritting our teeth and waiting it out until nap time.  When we do this after time with God, it is pouring out our life to point them to Christ.

·         Without having time with God, cooking a meal will only seem to create more messes to clean up for people who don’t appreciate it.  When we do this after time with God it is done with purpose.

·         Without having time with God, a decision to be made will be decided based on our energy level.  When we do this after time with God, He guides us and gives us strength to take the next right step and we find our day is profitable for eternal purposes.

We can literally do nothing without the Lord.  Is that really what we want? To get nothing accomplished for the Lord?  Then we will “discipline” ourselves to make it happen.

Disciplining isn't forcing yourself to do the miserable - it  means focusing yourself to do the bestIt means eliminating and concentrating.  A river can be spread out all over the place, sluggish and slow.  It has little force that way, although it can do great damage.  But if you channel it, narrow it down, limit it, then you increase its drive and force, and it can power a hydroelectric plant.

That’s what discipline does.  “It teaches us to say "No" to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age.”  Restraint on the one hand.  Commitment on the other.  “Eliminating and Concentrating!”

”If we as women say yes to everything that comes our way, we will eventually end up saying no to the things that matter most.”  We may need to say to good things – like …sleep, shopping, time with friends, or leading a ministry, if it means that would keep us from the best things.

Proverbs 8:34
Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, 
waiting at the posts of my doors.

What do you need to eliminate from your schedule so that you might have time to concentrate on the thing that matters most?

With love,

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