During my quiet time in the morning I can focus pretty well on God. As I read, pray, ponder, and write faith is at the center. But as the rest of the day unfolds, I can lose that focus on God for periods. He pops back in here and there, but I should seek His presence and direction on a more regular basis.
It is easy to plunge into the day, seeking to check things of my “to do” list instead of seeking Him. It is easy to get caught up in a “what if” moments instead of getting lost in Him. It is easy to wallow in indecision instead of bathing in His guidance and direction. Each of these is a choice.
So how do we choose wisely and in a way that honors God and develops our relationship with Him? Paul offers us some suggestions in 1st Thessalonians. First, prepare ourselves for the day by putting on faith and love as our breastplate and the hope of salvation as our helmet. Arm ourselves with God as w begin to face the day. Come back regularly as we feel a chink developing in our armor. Second, encourage and build each other up. Knowing we have support and having the right outlook goes a long way towards helping us walk the path that God intends for us. This day, through His strength and through the support and with the prayers of our Christians brothers and sisters, may we be the faithful followers we are called to be.
Scripture reference: 1 Thessalonians 5: 6-11