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What happened to those 24?

"Refuse to have anything to do with those among you who are lazy and refuse to work the way we taught you…We command them to get to work immediately – no excuses, no arguments – and earn their own keep. Friends, don’t slack off in doing your duty." - 2 Thessalonians 3: 6 & 13

Yesterday I was lazy. I am sorry. Really sorry. Sorry that I lost the day to nothingness, a day unrecoverable. That one is gone.

And while I was periodically granting myself “excuses” – the fact is, I went to bed knowing the hours were gone. Not memorable. I added nothing to God’s kingdom by wasting the day. I added nothing to my family. Nothing to my friends. Nothing to the wider community.

I could have been productive. I had plenty of ideas worthy of my time: study, love children, take a walk, visit elderly, home projects…

All of those – any of those – would have made getting up this morning feel different. What happens? What puts me into a lazy, useless mode? What makes me think doing nothing is a gift to myself? When in reality, it produces the opposite feeling.

The Lord has blessed me with time and freedom to serve Him. When I spend a day like I did yesterday, it is really Him I am cheating. I give myself to God as a vessel… then sink, making myself useless. Who knows what He might have whispered yesterday, as I pursued Him… if only I’d have been listening. Ugh. An ugly feeling in my heart to have wasted so many hours.

But today is new. I humbly ask the Lord to encourage me, to let yesterday go and to start fresh today. I request His grace for focus, diligence, energy, desire, purpose… Whatever it takes, I want today to be different than yesterday. I look to my God for mercy and motivation – to do life differently today.

And God smiles back with grace.

“Immerse yourself in the curriculum of grace.” - Max Lucado

TO CONSIDER: Would a moment of stillness surface both your failure and His grace?

Thanks for sitting still with me today.

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