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Stepping Stones: Tug of War

Stepping Stones: Tug of War
April 22, 2010 Lighthouse Network

Transformational Tip

Spring is now in full swing. What a fun and exciting time of year it is. . So many activities in so many areas of life. School events, spring sports, house projects, outdoor yard work and gardening, outdoor sports and activities, church events, small group socials, retreats, work projects, ministry opportunities, usual activities with extended family, movies, plays, family night, or just hanging out. Then there is the planning for summer vacations, camps, mission trips, day trips, relaxation and catching up with what we are behind in. Wow!

We have five people in our family, so multiply the above list by five. But most of the time in our family, we have different likes and interests. Our choices are in conflict because we have competing agendas.

Are you in a tug of war between your own agenda and God’s plan for you?

Life can slowly separate us from intimacy with God. Today there seems to be more than ever to distract us from the pursuit of a close personal relationship with Him. We often find ourselves torn between our agenda and His desires for us. Guarding the inner fire…the passion for Christ…is a great challenge of the twenty-first century.

Think about it. What are some things in your life that prevent you from drawing closer to God? All-consuming distractions like being overloaded with e-mails, cell phones, and hours on the freeway? Pleasing bosses, shuttling kids, trying out new gadgets? Hours on the golf course or in front of the TV? Perhaps even serving in the church? There is nothing inherently wrong with any of these activities…unless we allow them to distract us from our personal relationship with God.

Today, take an honest look at your priorities. I mean, really look with the intention of taking action on your findings. Make a pro/con list for present and better prioritization. Admit to God that you have allowed busyness or other distractions to take your eyes off Him. Ask for His forgiveness and His help in making Him first in your life. You will be amazed at how nicely the rest of your life will play out.

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Prayer
Dear Father God, I know I sometimes let the busyness of the day interfere with my relationship with you. Sometimes I find time for everything else except my quiet time with you. Sometimes I get so focused on other things throughout the day that I forget you are right there with me. Please forgive me. Please help me make you first in my life each day. I pray this and all prayers in the name of Jesus Christ; and all God’s children say – AMEN!

The Truth
Come near to God and he will come near to you.
James 4:8
Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Psalm 37:4

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