Listening to our internal GPS
Have you ever been driving and arrive at your destination, having no recollection of the trip? It's happened to me – numerous times. I'm cruising along. My mind is wandering and I'm not really paying attention to where I'm going. Inevitably, I (usually!) end up where I need to be, but I don't remember getting off the exit or making that last turn. It's a bit scary.
This kid knows where he's going!
As I opened my blog this morning to enter a new post, I noted the date of my last post: 7/30/12.
My last entry was in July? What?!
Today is October 9th. I'd like to know what happened to August. And what about September? Can someone tell me where did the last 2 months went?!
Like my driving example, I do not know how I ended up here. But – inevitably – here I am!
So often, we have plans to do this… or do that. LIke my "commitment" to share my story and encourage women by regularly blogging. I "air quote" the word commitment - because I know my absence indicates my lack of commitment. Sheesh…
You don't know this but I've written many posts – in my head… But how does that encourage others? How can I allow God to work through me when I put Him off? My heart's desire is to share Him with others. I certainly can't do that when I go through life on cruise control – only to realize days, weeks and even months have passed.
Commitment without action is null and void.
Perhaps you've made promises you've yet to keep. Or commitments that have fallen by the wayside. There are people you think about and want to call – just to say hello or make plans for lunch. Thank you cards that need to be written – and then actually mailed!
Or perhaps you feel like life is passing you by. You go through the same motions – day in and day out. Seemingly without any direction or purpose. Dear friend, we all have a purpose on this earth! We are here for God's glory. He wants you to bless others – using your specific gifts and talents. You may need a plan to discover that purpose or simply a reminder to be intentional with your time.
When I lose my way or struggle with the path I'm on, I will remember this:
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord… (Colossians 3:23)
Starting my day focusing on God and His plan for me helps me feel more confident about completing my to-do list. Or not.
When I start my day asking God to guide my steps, I trust that this day will be full of purpose. His purpose. When I get off track, I will reset my internal GPS to keep me on the right path. Working for the Lord – according to His will.
The Bible says when we seek Him first, He promises to give us all these things... (Matthew 6:33)
Can I challenge to you to revisit your goals today? Do your plans line up with God's purpose for you? Are you intentional with your time? All of us are given 24 hours each day, then it's gone. I don't want to wake up to another 2 months gone!
Let me encourage you today to pay attention, stay focused, reset your GPS if necessary and make the most of today. This is the day He has made! Let's rejoice in it! (Psalm 118:24)
Dear God, please help us to recognize when we get off course. Help us to make adjustments - sooner rather than later. We pray that we will embrace each moment and opportunity to delight in You. Guide us on this life journey, seeking only to please You. Help us to understand Your will and get back on track when we take a wrong turn. We are so blessed and thankful that You love us. May we share Your love with others. In Jesus' name, Amen.
Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires. (Psalm 37:4)
P.S. Now to mail my "thinking of you" cards!