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Making a Plan

Acts 20:24

However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.

112015 Ray McDonaldMuch is said at this time of the year about staying physically fit – making New Year’s resolutions.  Gym memberships are pushed – as are diets – and exercise equipment.  Many have made New Year’s resolutions concerning their physical shape.  But what about our spiritual shape?

Do we have an ideal weight for our physical body?  Are we taking steps to reach that ideal weight?  Are we exercising – dieting – working to draw closer to that ideal?

Are there things we would like to be able to do in the physical world?  Would we like to run a marathon?  Would we like to ride in a 100-mile bike ride?  Would we like to hike up a mountain?  If so – folks would usually work up to such an event.

We have all heard about the training and sacrifices folks make to compete in the Olympics – such dedication.  Some have dedicated their whole lives to being able to compete.

Have we ever set spiritual goals?  Like how much of the Bible we would read in a month or in a year.  How about setting aside time to pray – do devotions – or exercise our spiritual selves?

How much time do we put into our spiritual shape?  Is it a lifetime effort or does it get small amounts of time here and there?  Oh what God could do with a church that set aside time to become spiritually mature and in shape.

Most physical or spiritual plans fail because we try to change our condition overnight.  We set goals that are only reachable with super effort.  We fail because most of us are not willing to put that much effort into anything.  We need to set reachable goals so that the positive encourages us.

For instance – adding five minutes (or doing five minutes) to our daily devotion time each month would be doable for most people.  If we did this, in a year – we would be doing an hour more or an hour of devotion a day.  An hour seems like a lot of time – if we tried to do it all at once – but by simply adding 5 minutes a month to our daily devotion – it sneaks up on us.

Developing a prayer life might seem overwhelming with all that needs to be prayed about in the world around us – even in our own lives.  What if we determined to add five things a month to our prayer list?  Again – in a year – we would be praying for 60 more things during our devotional time.

Deciding to read the Bible through from cover to cover seems like a large task.  But if we do it a few verses a day – as some yearly Bible reading plans suggest – it can be done in a few minutes each day.

What is our plan?  I am personally not satisfied with my physical or spiritual shape.  There is much room for growth and improvement in each.  It can be overwhelming if I try to go from point now to point where I want to be – but taking it one step at a time I can reach my goals.  God – give me the courage to try.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

December 29, 2015 - Posted by | Build, Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , ,

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