||Gaining Control Of Your Day
At the end of each day, there may be a moment when you review the events of the day and all that was accomplished. If you compare what needed to be done versus what was actually done, you will either feel productive or, not so much. The busyness of life itself can be quite draining. We often find ourselves subject to the tyranny of the urgent; scrambling to meet deadlines and more focused on what HAS to be done over what NEEDS to be done. If only there was a way in which we can find clarity and a renewed sense of purpose as we begin each day? Wait a minute! There is a biblical solution to this dilemma.
It was at the end of a busy day in the life of Jesus. He had just preached in the synagogue, cast out a demon, went to Peter's house and healed his mother-in-law of her fever, and as the sun was setting, the whole town had gathered outside of Peter's house because many were afflicted by disease and sickness, while others were possessed by demons, and Jesus healed them all. It doesn't take a stretching of our imagination to know that the Lord must have been tired and needed to be refreshed physically and recharged spiritually.
Yet, the source of the Lord's strength is revealed to us in Mark 1:35, "And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed." How often people have ignored, overlooked, or neglected the amazing truth in this verse. If we apply this in our lives, we can experience His power to accomplish His purpose which leads us to greater productivity.
Some are of the mindset that their sleep is more important than getting up a half hour earlier to spend time with the Lord. Nothing could be further from the truth! In fact, time with the Lord in His Word and in prayer will actually give you the boost you need to have a fulfilling day. There are plenty of events and activities that can take our time and prevent us from reaching our daily objectives, but time with the Lord will keep you focused and on task to accomplish His plan and purpose in your life.
Think about it! Would you rather come to the end of this day and look back with delight or disappointment as you review the events of the day? I challenge you to rise up tomorrow morning before you get into your day, isolate yourself (keep the TV, phone, tablet, computer, etc. away from you to avoid distraction), and spend time alone with the Lord. Will you take the challenge?