Choosing To Be – Devotion 232

Isn’t it interesting how we often know the right answer but still do something different?  We know the foods our bodies need but we still go for the things which cause us distress.  We know we do better when we exercise but then don’t go and exercise.  We know we need to fill our hearts and minds with good things but sometimes the crap on TV is just interesting at the time.  We know the right path and still choose something different.  

It takes a lot to change our course.  We could make a decision we are going to do better in the blink of an eye but it will take a lifetime of constantly doing better to see results.  In our minds, we may have big plans but then we have to put these plans into motion.  Sometimes it is easier to just not.  Actually, most of the time, it is easier not to do it.  

I fight this battle often.  I know that running and exercise will help me tremendously.  I know what happens when I don’t do these things.  I have a history to show me how much better I do when I simply choose to get out and go for a simple 3 mile walk or run.  I can show facts of how exercise completely changes my mental state.  Yet, to get up and go exercise takes effort.  It takes a swift kick to get me out of the house and into the cold.  It takes planning.  And sometimes, I would just rather not.  And I pay for it.  

This isn’t just for our physical bodies.  I find this is true for us spiritually as well.  We can get caught up in the routine we face every day.  We can become consumed by family and obligations.  Good things can so overtake our day that we do not take any time to simply be.  We do not take the time to take care of us.  We do not take the time to hear God in the wind or sense his presence in our own breath.  We miss how we are being loved and adored by the Creator of the entire world because we are wrapped up in our things.  Sure, noticing these things can completely change us.  But it takes time and effort and a willingness to change.  Sometimes, it is easier to just not.  But then, what do we miss?

Today, make it a point to stop and just be.  For just a moment, seek God.  He is here.  He is loving us.  We may be changed if we will just pause.  And then pause again.  And then, pause…again.  May we feel his presence in the pause.

Focus Scripture:

Matthew 11:28-29

28 “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

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