If you could ask for just one thing, what would it be? A new car? A bigger house? A better Job? A husband?
I know there are probably many thoughts running through your mind right now about what you might ask for. We all have wants, desires and dreams that we ask God for and believe He will provide. It is not a bad thing to ask God for our desires. In fact, God says we can ask, and even encourages us to ask.
In Psalm 27:4, David says “One thing I have asked of the Lord, and that I will seek: that I may dwell in His presence.” He wanted to dwell in the presence of God more than anything else. David wanted to know God, to see God and to experience God and to walk with God. This was the “One Thing” that David sought after before anything else.
If you are anything like me, I can sometimes get distracted with the busyness of life and forget to seek this “one thing” first. When life gets busy and distracting, it is even more important that I not neglect the most important thing in my life, spending time with God.
Jesus talks about this in Luke 10-38-42 when he visits Mary and Martha. Martha became so busy with the task at hand that she missed the opportunity to spend time with Jesus. Mary, on the other hand, laid down her busy schedule to sit at the feet of Jesus. Martha was going to work Jesus into her schedule, while Mary was willing to work her schedule around what Jesus was doing. How foolish we are to likewise spend our lives seeking things that cannot satisfy while we work God into our busy schedules. He is the one thing that will give us great joy, peace and contentment. Everything else is a byproduct of His grace.
Each of us has a God shaped hole within us and nothing can fill that hole but God Himself. I encourage you today that if God is not the “one thing” that you seek first but is instead on your “I’ll get to it list”, then you need to change your list around so that He does become your “one thing” that you seek first. All other things will fall into place as they should, when you put God in His rightful place in your life and heart! It’s the best thing you will ever do for yourself! “Seek first the Kingdom on God and His righteousness, and all things will be added to you” (Matthew 6:33).
Say Good Bye to New Years Resolutions
Do Yourself a Favor and say GOOD BYE to the New Year Resolutions
“This is it. This is the year everything is going to change. Starting January 1st I will cut out all sugar and go to the gym three times a week. Look out Dolly, 2019 is the year my bod is going to be better than yours.”
“I decided to not yell at my kids anymore. I am going to put into practice these techniques from Focus in the Family and change my attitude towards them. Starting January 1st, no more yelling.”
“I am going to be debt free this year. Starting January 1st I will cut up my credit cards and pay 20$ every week towards what I owe. Better use my card while I can!”
Sound familiar? I am calling it what it is this year. A BIG FAT LIE. Did you know, according to Forbes, only 8% of people ACTUALLY stick to their “resolution”? (Google it) Disheartening, yes, but it is the truth. It seems like more of a set-up to fail and feel bad about yourself come January 12th when nothing has changed.
I have a fresh New Year’s Resolution this year, it’s called nothing. If there are things about your life you want to see change, then change them TODAY. And then wake up and make the choice to change it tomorrow. Then again the next morning. And so on. Pray daily for God to help you find joy regardless of the things you want to change, but also for the power to do something about it, something lasting.
You don’t have to wait for a new calendar year to ignite your own new beginning!
We have all heard “God’s mercies are new every morning.” This is actually true. Not just in regards to forgiveness and righting the wrongs you did yesterday, but also true for your LIFESTYLE. God’s mercy is new every morning. Every morning that you open your eyes, you are given an opportunity to do things differently. A new dose of mercy for a REAL new beginning. Do your food different from the take-out you had yesterday. Parent different from yesterday. Love better than you did yesterday. Make time for the hobby you love by removing all the time spent on your phone yesterday. Don’t have the same amount of pop as you did yesterday. Etc.
We wake up to a new beginning every single day, it is our choice to live it as such or live it the same as yesterday.
New Year’s Resolution? I’m calling it what it is this year, a scam. I’m only interested in REAL new beginnings and I get those every morning.