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from pastor eric


2012 SHM
"The steps of a man are established by the Lord, and He delights in his way."
(Psalm 37:23)

Everything you do today is a priority.
We make choices everyday as to what is important in our lives. We all have 24 hours. They are ours to invest, never to be relived. So we should evaluate everything we do to make sure it is important.
Work - "If a man does not work, nether shall he eat." 2 Thessalonians 3:10
Sleep - "He gives His beloved sleep." Psalm 127:2
Food - "eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart" Ecclesiastes 9:7
These simple things are given by God.

But what about spending time with the Creator? What about spending time in His Word? Are they as important as TV, Facebook, or YouTube? In most of our lives TV, Facebook, Youtube, the newspaper, and a myriad of other things are all more important than communicating with our Wonderful Counselor.

Ah yes, there are demands that are imposed on us that we do not choose. We have to drive someone to practice, or to the doctor. We promised someone else that we would walk their dog, or work on their computer. Plus, we have to take time to get ready for these events. "What? Is it wrong for me to relax, or play with my kids?" No. Any of these things can be God's will for us today.

We can easily defend our bad choices by saying, "What would happen if we quit all of the things we do?" I am not saying our choices are good or bad. I am just encouraging us to understand that we are in fact, making priority decisions everyday of our lives. Personally, I have struck the phrase, "I do not have time" from my vocabulary. Now I say, "It is not high enough on my list of priorities"; which is sometimes painful to say. Saying I am not calling my mother because she is not high enough on my list of priorities, shocks me when it comes out of my mouth; and consequently forces me to call her. That is of course, setting my priorities correctly.

The focus of our days should be, "God what do you want me to do with the hours you give me today?" Everything will not get done. Sometimes very few things get done. But if we recognize that every choice of activity is a chance for me to experience God's Will for those next hours, or even moments, we can truly believe that, "The steps of a man are established by the Lord." Psalm 37:23

 

Blessings in Yeshua,

Pastor Eric

 

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