Have you ever had so much going on at one time that you felt like your head was spinning? Today at work, I had one of those “moments.” From a stopped up toilet, to an employee needing a band-aid, to a flat tire on the truck, to three conversations going on in the room at the same time – all asking me what I thought – Oh my, I finally just said, “Y’all have got to get out of here for a few moments so I can think!” Their eyes got big, and they quickly “scattered!” A few minutes later, I humbly apologized to everyone, and we all had a good laugh over it. But sometimes – you’ve just got to be alone with your own thoughts. Have you ever had one of those days when it seems like “everyone” needs something from you? What should you do? First, I had to prioritize what was the most “urgent.” Yes, the band-aid person won that one. Then, I had to figure out which decisions needed to be made immediately and what could I put off until another time. We might be able to “multi-task,” but in order to do anything well, most of us need to plan, prepare, and practice.
Do you plan to live your life in such a way that heaven will be your eternal home? If not – why not? It won’t happen by accident. We need to “plan” to make time to pray, to attend worship services, to study God’s Word. But, not only should we make plans, but we also need to prepare ourselves to “sanctify the LORD God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:” (I Peter 3:15). Only by “putting on the whole armor of God” will we “be able to stand against the wiles of the devil” (Ephesians 6:11). We must prepare our hearts, souls, and minds to follow God’s commandments. And, then, we’ve all heard the saying that “Practice makes perfect.” Only Jesus lived a sinless life here on earth, but when we “follow in His steps” (I Peter 2:21), and practice what He preached, then, we will have compassion on those in need. We will “preach the gospel to every creature,” (Mark 16:15) as we go into all the world. As Paul told the church in Colossae, “whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him” (Colossians 3:17).
May we plan, prepare, and practice to do the will of God. We are simply blessed, Courtney