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Day 17 – Issue 21

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Be Still Know

John 12:25 NLT

‘Those who love their life in this world will lose it. Those who care nothing for their life in this world will keep it for eternity.’

My life is sedentary, I sit a lot. I read, work on the computer, watch television, and eat. My lack of exercise is evident when I seek to climb stairs or ascend a hill. I am soon breathing deeply. When I occasionally require something not readily to hand, I inwardly groan, for it means hunting it down. I have boxes in the shed, still others in the roof space. The search takes time and requires effort. I groan again.

It’s fair to say that once seated at the computer, I do not like disturbance. So having realised I need something, and spent some time thinking how I might do without it, I’m eventually forced to do what I was hoping not to do. This often makes me grumpy. Once I locate it, I can continue with what I was doing. I guess this makes me somewhat lazy by default.

My early assumptions as a Christian were that discipleship was simply about following on faithfully. It came as a shock to realise that I could all too easily find myself travelling in the wrong direction. Assuming I was faithfully following Christ, I realised I’d become distracted in the coffee shop or with some paper or other, and completely lost sight of the Lord.

It’s easy to assume because we are in demand as parents, employees, community workers, that we’ve found our life. We are net contributors and we rightly feel a sense of affirmation and self-realisation from all we do. Yet, we are also lost to the extent that we fail to encounter God in all our activity. It takes time to discover life’s not about self-realisation but God from start to finish.

As I discovered the role of carer, where the only audience was Katey and me, it was hard to find either pleasure or self-realisation in the back-breaking tasks caring demanded of me. Once I found Christ in the monotony of the caring task, I discovered who I was.

QUESTION: What in your life may need to be cast adrift in order for you to have a deeper encounter with God?

PRAYER: Lord, may I love you and your kingdom more than anything this world has to offer me.

Written by: Matt Weet

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