Daily Devotion Thursday, May 23rd

Thursday, May 23, 2013 – Psalm 97; Ruth 3:1-18; 1 Timothy 4:1-16 and Luke 13:31-35

1 Timothy 4:1-16 – Train yourself in godliness, 8for, while physical training is of some value, godliness is valuable in every way, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. 9The saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance.

This morning as I sit on my back porch, I’m listening to all the birds sing and watching the fog lift off of the lake. First bird I heard was a Whippoorwill calling and calling and calling another, or calling for the day to begin.

Our text and the fog on the lake have called me to ask myself; to what do I give my strongest attention? Is it my relationship with God, pleasure, finances, or what? I do workout some, 30 minutes a day is my goal, so I’m sure it’s not physical training that I focus upon. I spend time with God and God’s word each day, so I believe it takes a higher priority. But, then as I think about my whole day; my pleasure and comfort comes in really high.

To what do you give your attention? What is your highest focus or goal of life? Our text points out how godliness, seeking to be like God should be our highest goal, main focus.

So, as I study God’s word to us, as I work out, as I seek to enjoy life, (because each of these are not bad unless either or another becomes my primary focus) I’ll be seeking to be godly in all I think, say and do.

How does the morning fog fit into all this? The fog reminds me as that when I put another above my relationship with God, a fog sets upon me and I can’t clearly sense God’s beauty and God’s love. It’s only as I let God’s light shine upon my whole life that the fog can lift and I can see the God given beauty of life.

O God, may you have highest priority in my life and may I live this out today, as I go about my day seeking to serve and to glorify you. May I grow in you, as I enjoy this day you are giving me. Amen.

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