"For You are great and do marvelous deeds; You alone are God. Teach me Your way, LORD, that I may rely on Your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear Your name. I will praise You, Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify Your name forever." -Psalm 86:10-12 (NIV)
What grabs your attention? What lures you away from Him?
For me, it's not always what appears to be the "bad stuff" -- most of the time, it's the busy stuff. Sleeping until the last second, jumping out of bed and straight into the shower, I miss my quiet time with Him. I am off to the races and thrive on adrenaline rushes and multi-tasking. There's a catch though: too often, I let the urgent overshadow the important.
Not surprising. Once I took a personal inventory/assessment and it showed that, on a scale from 1-10, my sense of urgency was a 9. What does that mean? It means that everything appears urgent to me. I like attacking things and getting things done. Especially, if it means I get to help someone else. Sounds like a great attribute, doesn't it? The truth is, maybe it is...in a job interview. But in life, it's vital that I learn to take care of the important things too. Things like starting my day with my Maker, giving Him my undivided attention so that He, in turn, can give me an undivided heart.
Can you relate?
The coolest thing is that we don't have to create an undivided heart, all we have to do is ask for Him to give us one.
Father God, Creator of our hearts, we thank You for this incredible day. It is in our very nature to want to take care of everyone and everything around us...all at the same time. Yet in this race of life, we often allow the urgency of others to overshadow the importance of simply being with You. We ask that You give us an undivided heart for You and You alone so that in each moment of our day You will be glorified. -In Jesus' Name, Amen.