If I just had to go from my memory alone, I would be very inefficient, miss appointments, and not be able to do my job very well. My calendar and my daily routine usually help keep me on task and get done what I need to do. Yet each day, there are things that I don’t get done that I wanted to accomplish. There are also things that I spend time on, in hindsight, that were a waste of time and did not benefit me or anyone else. Even though I keep lists and try to put things on my calendar, I don’t always remember to do so. At times, I even remember to get done things that I forget to write down. So, is it even possible to get through a day perfectly, without wasting time and getting done exactly what you need to do? Maybe not, but what would help you move closer to using your time more wisely? What is on your list of things to do today?
I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago. Psalm 77:11
What would it take to make a dramatic change to your life and/or your personality? Often it needs to be something dramatic, like a wake-up call in the form of a near death experience or the death of a loved one. Otherwise, we often just fall back into the same habits and routines we follow most every day. What does it even take to add or eliminate a small thing from your daily routine? To start a new habit, like regular walking, substituting water for less healthy beverages, engaging in things that stimulate your mind instead of numbing it, etc, you have to be consistently aware of what you are doing and aware of the change you are seeking. As creatures of habit, we often fall back into how we have always done things, what is comfortable. Believe me, there are often times each day, where 70 percent of my body and mind just wants to find a quiet spot and take a nap, but it is often not an option. How many excuses do you make each day for not getting done what was most important?
The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever. Isaiah 40:8
There are times when I don’t read a verse from certain books of the Bible for months or years at a time. When I am able to revisit, it often feels like visiting an old friend. There is a familiarity, yet there are so many new things to learn as well. You can spend hours catching up and it rarely gets boring. I’ve said it before, and it still holds true, that daily time in the Word and prayer often makes the difference between a good day and a bad day. It doesn’t even need to be a set amount of time, but just consistently doing it. How would you describe your relationship to God and His Word? Like any worthwhile relationship, it is good to check in as often as possible. May you be blessed in doing so.
Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates. Deuteronomy 11:18-20
Yours in Christ,