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Stepping Stones: A Tug-of-War You Need to Lose

Stepping Stones: A Tug-of-War You Need to Lose
March 18, 2011 Lighthouse Network

Transformational Thought

Spring is approaching … what a fun and exciting time of year. So many activities in so many areas of life: school events, spring sports, house projects, yard work, 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. Most of the time we have different likes and interests. Often our choices are in conflict because we have competing agendas … you know, 2 teenagers and a 10 yo. As the father and leader, sometimes I feel like I am in the middle of a 4-way tug-of-war.

How about you? 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 seem to be more options than ever to distract us from pursuing a close, personal relationship with Him. We often find ourselves torn between our agenda and His desires for us. Guarding the inner fire, passion for Christ, is a great challenge in the twenty-first century. That has been Satan’s strategic plan from the get-go … distract us from God … make God look like the enemy in a tug-of-war.

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 a personal and growing relationship with God. If you are involved in something addicting or sinful, drop the rope now, surrender, and get help.

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 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. Your decision, choose well. WITHIN REACH can help you identify and overcome this struggle.

Prayer
Dear Father God, I know I sometimes let the busyness of the day interfere in 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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