Have you ever had one of those days where you jump out of bed because the alarm didn’t’ go off or you hit the snooze too many times? So you jump up, put a pot of coffee on and start getting ready for your day. In your hurry you run over pull the coffee pot off the burner just to have coffee spill all over the counter because it wasn’t done and in your hurry you didn’t look? So you clean that up, pack your lunch, grab your coat and keys and head out the door. As you are backing out the driveway you look down and there is no lunch. So you stop, go back into the house and get your lunch and look to the sky and say “Why me, Lord?” Then you head off to work to start your day and then sometime around lunch you can’t remember If you shut the coffee pot off. I think most of us have had days like this. Days where we wish we could start over. Days where we just need a time out to restart our day.
Well, an easy way to do that, mentally, is to have a short devotional with yourself. A
Devotional is defined by Merriam Webster as a short worship service. Take time to worship God. It doesn’t have to be long just loving and sincere. Make it easy on yourself, pick a few Bible verses, write them down and leave them in your lunch box, purse, desk drawer, tool box or whatever you have available and pull them out and read them, think about God’s message and just re-center yourself.
Why are daily devotionals important? They allow us to “put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” Ephesians 6:10-18 (NKV) tells us this. Paul tells us to arm ourselves with the belt of truth, breastplate of righteousness, feet fitted with readiness from the gospel of peace, shield of faith, helmet of salvation and the sword of the spirit. These things we will need to conquer life and live as he commands. Sometimes we have to remember our spiritual clothes. It is easy to get busy in this life and not take the time for God and ourselves. So take a few minutes every morning or evening and devote sometime to the one who deserves it. He will calm your nerves and still the waters around you. He will give you peace to get you through the night and the strength to get you through the day. He has equipped you with the armor you need and the gospel so that you might meet all challenges head on.
Have a Blessed Day