Most of you who follow this page aren’t caught up in carousing and drunkenness (see Luke 21:24,NKJV) but there’s this other thing…
This other, sneaky thing.
Did you read the verse referenced above? Did you see it?
The evil one seems to use IT so effectively against us, and it’s effects are often just as detrimental.
If we aren’t careful, because of IT, we will find ourselves unprepared.
And, like most things I ever write, I’m not just pointing to you, I’ve got four other fingers pointed at my own heart, too, with this one.
God’s Word has a way of doing that.
Okay, so here’s the verse if you haven’t looked it up because you are so sleepy this morning or something — 😉
“But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly.“ (Luke 21:34)
The cares of this life!
I’m not running around drunk, but I often find myself dangerously distracted!
My sink is full of dirty dishes right now. My niece and nephew are moving in with us for college in the fall and I’d really like to paint some furniture and organize a few things first. There are spiderwebs on my back porch. Lots of them. Work invoices need to be done. I really should exercise. I’d like to make some freezer meals. I need to do a grocery order. I forgot to pick up my daughters‘ contacts. Oh, and I wonder what the CoVid numbers are today. Did I put the flea medicine on the dog? I need something for the wrinkles around my eyes. And, what am I going to cook for supper?
And before I know it, the day is gone.
And another day.
And another year.
Have the cares of this life, even normal, non-sinful cares so consumed me that I miss the eternal?
Is my mind so cluttered, that I fail to pray and hear my Father’s voice?
It’s so easy to be distracted with the cares of this life! And I haven’t even turned on the news yet today!
And, not only that, I can lose thirty minutes, real fast, on social media. What if I spent that time praying instead?
Anybody else notice this constant tug at our flesh to be consumed with the temporal and ignore the eternal?
As women, we often prepare for everything , but let’s not be unprepared for the most important thing!
So, what can we do?
Jesus tells us, “Watch therefore and pray always” (Luke 21:36)
Watch! Take notice of what you notice!
Let’s prayerfully ask God to help us see the eternal in this day, and then get up tomorrow, and ask Him to show our distracted hearts all over again!
Let’s put first things first! Let’s let some things go that just don’t matter.
Let’s love others well, and worry less about dust bunnies.
Let’s turn off the news, and read the Word.
Let’s listen for opportunities to share with others the hope that we have.
Let’s really watch, and let’s truly pray!
Let’s consider asking someone to hold us accountable to this.
Really, why not, text someone right now and ask them to ask you routinely about this?
Oh friend, let’s take heed so our hearts will be prepared and not weighed down with the cares of this life.
Let’s prayerfully ask the Lord to help us get the things done, He has given us to do, but lets be consumed with Him and His Kingdom above all!
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