As we get back into the work week flow, following the Easter holiday, I wonder… have we taken time to reflect on the resurrection of Jesus Christ? Or has it been wide open with that “Ugh, I can’t get up… don’t wanna get dressed and leave the house today” kind of mentality? If so, don’t be discouraged, just recognize that there may be some areas in your life you need to take authority over. Remember, we are not only forgiven because of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, but we have the power to overcome as well! We are risen with Him (Colossians 2:12).
Change can be scary, no matter if it’s big or small. Just a simple schedule change can seem to throw everything off balance. However, we must learn to let Christ work in our lives, then we can reap the benefits of his joy and peace in a chaotic world. “We”’ can’t do it on our own, but with the Holy Spirit leading us, it can happen. We have to trust that He will work things out. Don’t be afraid of what won’t get done if you take time to read your bible and pray… instead, begin to look for His provisions and blessings as you desire more of Him in your life.
Corrie Ten Boom said “Never be afraid of an unknown future to a known God.” While this can speak to all aspects of life and the major decisions that come with it, understand also that God is in every tiny detail of your life. He is there! You don’t have to fulfill a long list of “to do’s” to get His attention… you simply need to make time for the One who is already there! Jesus said in Matthew 28:20 “I am with you always,” we just need to remind ourselves daily that this is the truth! Even in difficult circumstances, decisions don’t have to be grueling. We can be confident in the choices we make, when we have spent time with the Counselor!
Please be encouraged today, that time spent in prayer, bible reading, and just quietly reflecting on our Lord, is never wasted. Rather, it can be one of the most important things we do for ourselves, our spouses, children, friends and church family. It is a necessary part of our spiritual fitness. We can’t be effective witnesses without time spent with our Lord, no more than an athlete can be effective in playing a sport that never takes time to workout and train!
Don’t live week after week with only passing thoughts of a growing relationship, it’s time to make it a reality! Just as we watch what we eat for heath reasons, exercise more, or work the extra hours to help with the power bill or birthday presents… the same kind of thought and attention should go into our relationship with Christ!
My prayer today is “Lord, help me to be mindful of You throughout all the daily distractions. I desire the leadership of the Holy Spirit in my thoughts, my speech, my actions, and my life. Father, I give you this time right here, right now, and want You to guide my steps and daily activities.”
Rev. Cathleen N. Cathcart is the pastor of New Life Worship Center in Spartanburg.