Decisiveness. We make decisions daily — some easy to make and others difficult. I think one of the guiding forces of making our choices is the purpose behind it. Another is the consequences that come along with it. I could choose to take an unpaved back road to get somewhere quicker, but I run the result of causing costly damage to my car. Is it worth five extra minutes? This concept can be applied to our relationship with God as well. We can make a daily decision to pray fervently to God and receive guidance on how we should conduct our day and actions or we can wait until we have done damage and then pray for forgiveness and grace.
My church is currently doing 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting. I decided to write a blog daily discussing some characteristics related to a relationship with God and only eat seafood as a meat option. I have to make a daily decision to turn away other tempting options for food. I also have to make a daily choice to prioritize the blog post. Yesterday, I did not make it a priority. I made school work a priority, and today I am feeling guilty about it. However, I know that God still loves me and it wasn’t my intention to not post, but sleep became me a little too early last night lol. I have learned from this experience. Posting in the morning is more beneficial due to the reliability it provides. I also know from overspending on healthy fast food options that consistent meal prepping is effective for staying on my fast. My purpose for committing to this was to build my relationship with God by being more in His word, following His purpose for my life, and depending on Him more than anything. I have to be like Daniel in Daniel 1:8 ” But Daniel made up his mind that he would not defile himself with the king’s choice food or with the wine which he drank.” Daniel made a commitment to God that he would avoid certain choices. Regardless of the temptations that presented, he would remain committed to his decisions. What decisions have you made and how will you stay accountable to them? What are the purpose and consequences (good and/or bad)?
God, thank you for waking me this morning and giving me another chance to live your plans and purpose for my life. God, I want to make a commitment to you and your will. I pray that you reveal what it is that you want me to do, and today I will make a decision to pursue your will daily.
In Jesus’ Name
Peace, Love, Joy, and Abundant Blessings