One Day at a Time Devotional
Just this week my daughter and I were jogging in the neighborhood. It’s that time of year when the weather gets warmer, the sun is brighter and there is a motivation to go outside and move a little. Due to the lack of consistent exercise outside during the cold winter, we were working on reconditioning ourselves.
As we jogged, my daughter would reach moments of exhaustion. Nevertheless, I would encourage her to set small visual goals so that she may go just a little further before transitioning to a walk. As she did this, she was able to jog a little farther than she expected. I used the above verse as an example to help her understand that our bodies are capable of doing more than we realize, but we have to bring our thoughts into subjection.
Often times, our walk with the Lord is just like this. Perhaps we are tired from running for the Lord (burn out) or we are out of practice in our prayer and Bible time and it is hard to get back into the habit. On the other hand, maybe there is sin in your life that is a battle to overcome. Possibly, you are telling yourself that you just can’t do it anymore and there is no use in trying. If this is the case for you, set small goals to achieve in your time with the Lord. Maybe, you could challenge yourself to spend an extra five minutes in prayer, make one healthier food choice or eat a little less than usual, read one extra verse, go to one extra church service each week, gossip one less time each day, read one extra scriptural book, complain one less time each day, memorize one more verse, spend one hour less in front of the TV or other media source, teach one more class at church, serve in the nursery one more time or any other number of items the Lord may have put on your heart.
Did you know that you are capable of doing more for the Lord than you realize? Also, did you know that you don’t have to do it alone? In the second part of II Corinthians 10:5 it states, “and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;” The word “of” in this passage is defined as: used to indicate derivation, origin, or source. The obedience that is needed to walk with God or to perform the task you have been given in His work does not come from you, but it comes from the Lord; He is the source of obedience. I want to encourage you to rely on the Lord for that obedience to His will in your life. You can do it! Just as jogging is a matter of one step at a time to get to your destination, so is obedience. It is just one obedient act at a time. When you are tired and are ready to give up, remember, you can do more with and for the Lord just as Philippians 4:13 conveys, “ I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
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