Hey friends, how are you today? How is your day? It’s another beautiful day in my neighborhood. Thick, white clouds blanket the skies but every so often the sun peeks through. The birds tweet their calls and the cicadas sing their summer song. The squirrels play their tag game, and the groundhog desperately tries to sneak its way into my kitchen garden. The kids are still asleep or perhaps they watch television because the street is still quiet. Love the silence and the stillness of the mornings. The day’s happenings have yet not cluttered my brain. The Lord has blessed us with another brand-new day, we decided what we want written on this day. At the end of today, what shall this page say?
When I was younger, well, actually not that long ago, I believed that my time with the Lord guaranteed me a perfect day. I was convinced that the Lord would ensure that everything and everyone associated with me, on that day, would come together to provide the best day. I would be joyful and happy and peaceful because I spent time with the Lord. Isn’t that how life works? But after a while, I began to sense a problem, I must admit it took me a minute to get there. Well, I do admit I had to have some help in arriving at the right conclusion.
The problem with that immature thinking is that it removes the onus on me to do right and places it first on the Lord (He will always do right) and secondly on the people and circumstances in my life. If I believe that my time with the Lord guarantees me a perfect day and the people at my job band together to make my life miserable and my reaction is to ‘give them a piece of my mind’, (which I was more likely to do) then surely, I cannot be held responsible for my actions, right? After all, I spent time with the Lord and time with the Lord should assure me of a perfect day.
Well, I’m afraid I had to change my thinking when seemingly something always went wrong, especially on those days I spent time with Lord. Why or why? Here I am feeling absolutely wonderful because my time with the Lord brought encouragement and peace and then the people and my circumstances threaten to steal it all from me.
Eventually I realized that my time with the Lord is exactly that, MY time with the Lord. My devotional time in the Word of God and prayer is for MY good. Time with the Lord does guarantee a change, but that change is in me. Time with Lord does guarantee perfection but again that perfection is developed in me. People will be people; circumstances may not change immediately but time with the Lord demands a change in my behavior. That’s the beauty of salvation; a change in ME. Salvation was brought to ME to change ME. Salvation demands change, I must become a better person, even if those around me never change. I must do better, even when my circumstances remain the same.
Time with the Lord puts the onus on me to BE brave, to BE strong, to BE courageous. Time with the Lord strengthens me to BE kind, to BE humble, to BE gentle and tender-hearted. Time with the Lord pushes me to BE obedient to the Word of God and leaves me without excuse for my failure to BEcome more like Christ. But time with the Lord also provides space for forgiveness and provides the opportunity for me to receive grace and mercy from the God of the Universe.
In HIS presence there I find peace and joy and all the encouragement I need for today. Time with the Lord helps me to ‘walk with the Lord’ throughout the day. With Him, I can love the unlovely, I can give the ungrateful, I can be humble to the proud, I can face my fears and accomplish the impossible. With Him I can BE better.
I can have a great day, in fact, I can have a perfect day but that depends on me. The Lord has given me everything I need to tell today’s tale and it starts with my time with Him.
Without Him, the people around me and my circumstances will define my Becoming, I will allow them to decide on my attitude and behavior for that day.