Awakening to a new day is supposed to produce a spirit of gratitude and inner joy. Yet, many individuals dread awakening to the many responsibilities that face them day-after-day. Our lives are not an easy journey. We easily become overwhelmed when we feel that we cannot resolve our challenges. After all, isn’t that what makes our lives worthwhile, to be proud of our accomplishments?
Last week, my husband and I decided to start journaling twice a day, before morning and evening worship. We acknowledged and accepted that our moments of forgetfulness were increasing. We overlooked a few responsibilities with deadlines and did not realize the oversight until several days later. After paying two late charges, we knew that our lives required reorganization.
Journaling enables us to identify our daily “to-do” list in the evening for tomorrow’s duties. The following day, we review the proposed goals for that day as we check-off the completed items, and we present our plans to God in prayer.
Because of things that happen beyond our control, we prioritize our list of duties and are not annoyed when a couple of today’s goals become part of tomorrow’s “to-do” list. Flexibility also allows us to accept that just maybe our plans did not sync with God’s plans. Although we can never control the unexpected, when we do our part by planning, and setting goals, whether short-term or long-term, we gain a sense of purpose.
We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love. Romans 5:3-5
Human Effort + Divine Intervention = Victorious Outcomes
I can (and will) do all things through Christ, who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13. With God, we have the hope and the ability to win the race.
Go Ahead! Run, Run, Run!
Bible Reading: Romans 5
God, we thank you for loving us. We desire to run the race and to win. Thank you for teaching us how to live structured lifestyles. Please assist us in our desire to change the busyness of a disorganized life. We ask this prayer in the Worthy Name of Jesus. Amen.
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