How important is it for you to begin your day with the right thoughts, right attitude and right actions? How valuable is it for you to end your day with the right thoughts, right attitude and right actions? How desirable is it for you to go through your work day and routines with…yes, the right thoughts, right attitudes and right actions? I would assume that the answer to each of those questions would be, “certainly it is important, valuable and desirable.” Who wouldn’t want things to go well? Or at least, when things come up unexpectedly be in the right frame of mind.
How can we keep our selves built up, on the right track and encouraged?
That’s it. Taking the time to focus. Whatever amount of time you can quiet your mind, it will be worth it. Peace over chaos. Calm over confusion. Focus over distraction. The rewards will show up in your countenance, in your mind, in your very being. Needless to say, it does take effort. You may have to make or carve out a niche of time. You owe it to yourself and to those around you to steal away.
One of the best ways to spend that time is in Everyday Devotion.
Think of how you feel after you have talked, consulted, and even listened to a valued friend, caring family member or respected colleague. Warm, inspired, knowledgeable or maybe just plain relieved. How much more helpful and fulfilling can it be to slow down and pause for moments with Our Heavenly Father. Daily allow your quiet moments to fill your personality, responses and behaviors with what is right, pleasing and acceptable in the eyes of God.
It’s important to have the time and place that works specifically for you. More importantly is that you actually do it. Consistently. Regularly. Faithfully. Having “everyday devotion” helps bring order within yourself to influence how you act, react, respond and rebound.
“Lord, help us to slow down and spend quiet time with you. Help us to develop the habit of Everyday Devotion.”
There is a beautiful verse in James 4. Verse 8 reads, “Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.” That’s the first step: Drawing near. Make the decision and then just do it. When you move towards God, He’ll move towards you.
Make the decision.
Set the time.
Determine the place.
Quiet your mind.
Then do one or more of many wonderful things:
- read your Bible or devotional article
- sing or listen to a worship or praise song
- talk to God about what is on your heart for yourself or someone else
- talk to God about who He is to you
- journal thoughts or insights
- study a word, verse or chapter from the Bible
- listen (for that still small voice)
- speak out the things you are thankful for
There are countless things that you can do in your time set aside for Everyday Devotion. It is a beautiful time and totally beneficial. If you haven’t ever done it, try it. If you already do it, be encouraged to continue. If you haven’t done it in a while, make the effort to get back to it. You’ll be so glad you did and so will those around you.