Sunday, April 7, 2013

The Simple Things

Journal excerpt from this afternoon:

Apparently, I am only journaling in my Word document now.  I can’t recall even starting a handwritten one this year.  I have been so remiss in writing, but I am determined to do better, even if I only journal on the weekends.  Maybe it’s because I don’t write when life is clipping along pretty well, a bad habit I must break. 

I had an entire day yesterday to get a long list done, but I had no energy or motivation to do the things I knew I needed to do. In desperation, I finally went to God yesterday afternoon and asked Him to show me why I was seemingly unable to be as productive as I wanted to be.  It wasn’t because I felt bad physically; I am even over the sinus stuff I had a couple of weeks ago.  It wasn’t back pain, it wasn’t even emotional pain. Wow, no emotional distress; that's a big one for me. 

So what was it?  It was simply that I hadn’t done something I knew God had asked me to do.  It was a simple thing: turn off the TV sometimes and just have worship music on. It’s time to fill my house and my heart with praises to God.  I knew this, but sometimes the simple things we know to do, we still do not do.  I'm not saying it's wrong to have the TV on.  I'm saying that the Holy Spirit had been urging me for days to put some worship music on, and I just didn't do it.

There are plenty of distractions in today’s world. A lot of them aren't even bad, but they need to be in their place.  They don’t belong above God.  He deserves our praise and worship first; all the other things can be added in as there is time or inclination. I believe that this even includes asking Him for the strength to do the simple things we need to do. 

"Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need."  Matt. 6:33 NLT