by Dwight Huffman - Regional Ministries Team Leader
It has been observed that keeping it simple is far more productive than making it complicated.
There is a story of a pastor’s eight-year-old son who received an hour-long discourse on how to carry out the farm chores. He listened very carefully, only to ask his dad on the way to the barn, “Now, what is it I need to do first, Dad?”
I’m thinking that we have many people in our congregations who are asking the same question on Monday morning.
I want to challenge all of us to keep it simple and begin every day with two simple, life-changing actions:
Our first action of the day is to surrender. Begin practising Romans 12:1 and Luke 9:23. Surrender what? you might ask. Everything! This simple prayer might help:
Father, all that I am I surrender to You—my past, my present, and my future. I surrender my hurts, disappointments, unmet expectations, and broken promises. I give You my hopes, dreams, and the desires of my heart. All that I am, all that I have, I give to You! Amen.
Can you imagine what our heavenly Father could do in your life if you decide to follow anywhere He leads and use all you have for His Kingdom?
The second action of the day is to soak up the “new mercies” described in Lamentations 3:22–24. The writer wants you to know that the Lord’s mercies never come to an end and that they are new every single day of your life. Like a dry sponge, soak up this mercy—mercy that’s made just for you, just for that day. Allow the never-ending, can’t-believe-it’s-true, bottomless, unbelievable mercy of God to prepare your surrendered heart for anything that will come your way during the day.
Tomorrow, get up and repeat: surrender and soak up.