Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | January 6, 2016

The Main Thing

jan6“For you make him most blessed forever; you make him glad with the joy of your presence.” Psalm 21:6 (ESV)

Vacation is supposed to be fun and relaxing, but a week off after the holidays sent me into cleaning mode. Baking, shopping and having fun had simply replaced my normal schedule and the effects were staring me in the face. The neglect was evident. Dust covered bookshelves, laundry piles, disorganized cabinets, clutter and clutter – need I go on. So instead of chilling during my days off, I regimented myself to the “Cleaning List” room by room. And now that I’m finished – it looks amazing!

Starting off a new year with my home in order feels great, but right in the midst of dust flying and 409 spraying, I realized there’s a lot more to clean. Don’t know about you, but I find it is so easy to drift our spiritual lives into holiday mode. Giving, serving and hosting fill our lives leaving little margin for quality God time. And it doesn’t take long for the effects to show up bigger than we ever imagined. Neglecting our time with God carries over even when the holiday ends if we’re not careful. And that slippage will roll us right into 2016 with habits and patterns that won’t serve us well.

Keeping our hearts clean is crucial to starting our year off right. Let’s commit to carving out some God time and seeking His perspective on our “Cleaning List.” No one is immune from the effects of doing life without God’s input. Creating margin in our 24 /7 to intentionally draw close to His heart will serve us well. When we study His word, dig deep for personal application and prayerfully align our hearts with His, we will be amazed at the transformation.

Lots of goals and plans will be birthed in January. Diets will be started. Gyms will explode with fitness newbies. However, many resolutions will fade before we flip the calendar to February 1st; let’s not let that be our story. Let’s plan now to keep God the main priority in our lives.

“Father, give us a deep passion and discipline to be in Your presence every day.”

For His Glory

Janet Martin
TRBC Coffee Break

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