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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Matthew 6:33   Thought/Prayer:  But I’d Rather Read the Paper.  Topics:  2 at end.

“But seek ye first his kingdom, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”  ASV http://www.bible.com  (Read this scripture and more at http://prayerpivot.com)

I’d really rather read the newspaper.  With a bowl of cereal in front of me, the idea of relaxing while eating, relaxing with the paper, is quite of interest to me.  I would enjoy the reading at the beginning of a busy day.  I may not have a chance to sit and just enjoy for the rest of the day.

But, dutifully, I pick up my scripture memory cards and begin going through the verses, most from years ago when I was into memorizing new verses on a regular basis.  I know I should have kept on with more and more new ones, but now I am going back to try to revive the ones I’ve known for years and years.  Review, review, review.

I say “dutifully.”  Why that word?  Duty owed whom?  Not much said about duty lately it seems.  We all want to do things without being constrained by the duty-word!  It seems so non-fun or something, so rigid or covered with obligation. 

With my scripture cards, I perhaps see it as my duty to myself.  Or is it a duty toward God?  Why must it seem like a duty when it should be viewed as a privilege?  Why do I resist this task and have to corral my mind back when it wanders toward the newspaper? 

I do think it is a duty—I’ll just embrace that word.  It’s toward God, myself, and others.  I know that to keep close to God, I should be close to His Word.  I know that if I am to grow in my Christian walk, His Word should be in the forefront of my days as much as possible. I know that if I am to serve others, allowing Christ to serve through me, I need to know what He asks of me, and that is in His Word.  This applies in work toward the sanctity of LIFE for sure.

I resist because we humans are made with a great propensity to take the easy way, to indulge our own selves, and to plain ol’ do what we like.  Reviewing scripture takes focus, discipline, and brainy work.  It’s the opposite of a relaxing reading while crunching cereal (no oatmeal here).

Reading the paper is a good way to keep up with much in our world.  I am certainly not against such an activity.  But when I look at me and my best way to begin a day, I know I must reach for those little cards.  So here I go, flipping through- them one by one.  It’s a way of “seeking first:” Him.

It’s surprising how much faster I can flip them now, compared to 6 months ago:  Because I’ve reviewed them enough to know more of them.

Lord, today, we Christians need Your help to guide us into our best practices with You.  If it’s reviewing scripture in the morning, or whatever else, we ask you to help convict us to keep doing it.  And thanks for the satisfaction You will give us when all is done.       
         
Topics:  Pray for dedication and fortitude to do the things we need to do in order to allow Christ to work more perfectly in us and through us, whether in pro-life work or otherwise.
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Posted by Gail Richardson on 09/15 at 01:02 AM
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