Stop and Think
Let the peace of heart that comes from Christ be always present in your hearts and lives, for this is your responsibility and privilege as members of his body. And always be thankful.
─ Colossians 3:15 TLB
Jonathon was a self-employed restaurateur who ran non-stop from the second he woke up until he flopped in bed, exhausted every evening. Any moment not working was a moment losing money, Jonathon thought. Yet he was stressed and emotionally unfulfilled. His heart just wasn’t in it.
His pastor challenged Jonathon to start each day of the week spending 15 minutes doing the following:
- Five minutes reading the Bible.
- Five minutes in prayer.
- Five minutes simply thinking on the One Thing he needed to accomplish that day to please God, and plan how he would make it happen.
Jonathan didn’t believe he had 15 minutes to spare but agreed to take his pastor’s advice. By the end of the week, he found his perspective on life completely changed. Now, he wouldn’t think of beginning his day without a time of preparation.
If you’ve ever thought that stopping to think feels like a big speed bump on the way to where you’re going, consider today’s verse: “Let the peace of heart that comes from Christ be always present in your hearts and lives, for this is your responsibility and privilege as members of his body. And always be thankful.” Taking that time helps you get to your destination in a better way and makes the trip more valuable for you and others traveling with you.
Today’s One Thing
Stop to think about what God wants from you today and gain insight from His Word. It is one important step that, when combined with action, leads to living an intentional life in Christ.