Nothing to Do?

Limited options

Two university students were talking. One lamented there wasn’t anything to do in our small town.

The other said he had once been a student in a large city where there was so much to do that his grades suffered. He felt it was to his advantage to be in a community like ours, so he could concentrate on his studies.

What one considered a liability, the other viewed as an asset.

A new perspective

The student who realized he’d be tempted to waste his time had come to know himself—and grew wiser from experience.

“. . . be careful how you walk . . . making the most of your time, because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:15-16).

What a difference a new perspective can make!

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Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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“Will wonders never cease!”

Awed

During Jesus’ ministry “. . . the crowd marveled as they saw the mute speaking, the crippled restored, and the lame walking, and the blind seeing . . .” (Matthew 15:31).

Now enthroned in indescribable glory, He is beyond sight but never beyond reach (Hebrews 4:14-16).

Focused

Knowing what awe can lead to, Satan uses such distractions as daily worries, sin’s pleasures, material pursuits (Luke 8:14)—anything to keep our eyes off Christ!

Addressing believers, Paul wrote, “Set your minds on the things above, not on the things that are on earth . . . . When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory” (Colossians 3:2, 4).

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Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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Alone Time

The issue of distractions

It was a relief to find the waiting room TV off. I could then read my book without distraction.

A few minutes later, on came the TV. Perhaps the receptionist had a remote.

Maintaining the lifeline

When Jesus walked the earth, He didn’t have to contend with blaring TVs or cell phones going off as He preached.

But He did have plenty of interruptions. To maintain His vibrant connection with His Father, He had to make it happen.

“In the early morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went away to a secluded place, and was praying there” (Mark 1:35).

Getting away from it all was a spiritual lifesaver. He had to have time with His Father!

And so do we.

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Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

Adapted from an article by JDG in the daily devotional guide Power for Today

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