Looking at “both sides” of me
“When he came back to his disciples, he found them sound asleep. He said to Peter, “Can’t you stick it out with me a single hour? Stay alert; be in prayer so you don’t wander into temptation without even knowing you’re in danger. There is a part of you that is eager, ready for anything in God. But there’s another part that’s as lazy as an old dog sleeping by the fire.”” Matthew 26:40, 41 MSG
I so identify with this scripture! There is a part of me that is always eager, ready for anything; but there is also the part of me that can wander, not stay focused, not aware of danger, and sometimes, “lazy as an old dog sleeping by the fire.” (Doesn’t that phrase make you want to just sit in front of a warm fire, curled up with a good book?) Oh wait, I just got distracted from the point I was trying to make! 🙂
I can be re-ignited by a great Sunday morning message, inspired by a good devotional reading, a great worship song or looking outside at vivid blue skies and new green grass! Then I am ready to change the world. But there’s ‘life’ waiting: work deadlines, family and church obligations, friends, relatives, computer and electronic games, facebook, television, music, crisises big and small, just to name a few.
How do we balance all that is in front of us? I think the answer is also in the admonition that Jesus gives here: ” stick it out….stay alert; be in prayer”. There is always so much to do – but we all can only do so much – so we much take some time in the Lord’s presence, maybe that “hour”, stay alert for His leading and be in prayer, listening to the whispers of the Holy Spirit and also His “words of life” seeking HIs face and direction for our lives.
On The Journey … Valerie
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