Is God just an item on your to-do list?

April 12, 2016

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
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Be still, and know that I am God:
(Psalms 46:10a (NIV))

I try to not fill up my time with so many things to do, but it is human nature to do things that we don’t mean to do. Soon, in order to prioritize what we feel that we must do, we create to-do lists and then we prioritize the things that we put on the list. Soon, we find ourselves spending too much time maintaining the list and we soon lose track of the things that we should truly be focusing on.

Let’s face the truth!

How many of us actually create to-do lists? What is currently on your list? Do you put everything on your list, or is it used only for a reminder of the things that you don’t really want to do?

After those reflective questions, I have another question for you that may not sit too well with you depending on your answers.

Is God on your to-do list? Is He your top priority? Have you relegated your relationship with the Lord to a list item that you check off when you feel that you have it completed? Is God above or below the items like painting the house or cutting the grass?

It is sad that too many people actually treat God in this manner. We may not physically put Him as an item on our to-do lists, but we tend to overlook Him and focus on what we do place on our list. We then get so busy completing the tasks that we have assigned ourselves that we forget to do what God has told us to do. We forget to sit in the presence of God. We fail to sit at the feet of Jesus, and like one translation states, we never cease striving. Personally, I strive to spend time in God’s presence, but that is not what that means. We need to cease our busyness. We need to cease our frantic existence and be still in the presence of God.

We must make God the foundation of everything that we do, including the items that we place on our to-do lists. It is so easy to relegate God to an individual checklist item.

Is God just an item on your to-do list?

Copyright 1998 – 2016 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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There is a time for everything

June 24, 2013

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
 ©

There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under heaven:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.
(Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (NIV))

I was sadly reminded of this over the weekend.

As adults, we have a tendancy to put things off. We forget that time is not always our friend, and that there truly is a time for each thing as told in Ecclesiastes. We think that we can put off something for a day or two, and then it ends up months later.

One of my best friends from high school took a different life path than I chose. He chose law enforcement while I went to college. Over the course of the years we lost track of each other as this often happens. His parents moved, so I didn’t know how to find him. My parents still live in the same place and several years ago, he was in the city were we lived. He stopped by my parents house and they told him where I was. We talked off and on over the years since this time.

Last week I had a feeling that I should call him. My day got busy as it usually does, and my plans slipped away.

Saturday, my parents emailed me his obituary. He had died of a heart attack mid-week.

As humans, we have a tendancy to think that our time is guaranteed. We make plans for what we will do tomorrow, next week, next month, next year and even for the rest of our lives. We spend so much time focusing on the future that we have a tendancy to lose sight of the moment that we are living in.

Don’t allow yourself to get caught up in this way of thinking. Time is precious. We have been told that there will be many seasons in our lives and that each is here only for a time. Focus on today. Focus on your family.

Focus on Jesus!

Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”
(Acts 4:12 (NIV))

Copyright 1998 – 2013 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
http://www.dailylivingministries.org
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