Setting Our Compass – I tend to get distracted by the internet. Come to think of it, I also get distracted by my phone, and people walking past my house. I’m distracted by sounds, by smell, and by food. I’m distracted by any and every shiny object that catches my eye.
Distraction’s not my friend, and it never has been. Some nights I look back at my day and ask myself why. Why didn’t I use my time wisely? How do I get drawn into the time-wasting pitfalls again and again?
There are two kinds of people in this world. Those who plan their days wisely, and those who fly by the seat of their pants.
Back in the days before pilots had reliable instruments to guide them to a safe landing, or if by chance their compass failed, they relied on their sense of balance and direction to safely guide the plane. Thus, those who rely on impulse to guide them are said to be “flying by the seat of their pants.”
It’s not exactly the best way to fly a plane, nor is it the best way to live our lives. If we hope to live productive lives, we need to set priorities and live within the parameters of those priorities.
If we only pray when we feel like it, we’re missing out on those times when we don’t. And who knows, that might be the time when we need it the most.
So it is for reading the Bible, or spending time with the Lord. When it’s not a priority it gets pushed to the side.
We need to decide what and who exactly is important to us, and what we need to do to put them first.
We need to set our compass if we hope to succeed, for where our treasure is, there will our heart be also.
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Make a list of your top 4 or 5 priorities. Keep the list close by and look at it throughout the day. As you do, ask yourself if you are making them a priority.
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Luke 12:34, NIV)
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Darlene Schacht and her husband Michael live in Manitoba Canada where the summers are beautiful and the winters are cold. Together they’ve come to learn that relationships aren’t always easy, but that marriage, the way God intended it to be, is a treasure worth fighting for.
She began her publishing journey about twelve years ago when she pioneered one of the first online magazines for Christian women, known at the time as “Christian Women Online Magazine.” After three years, Darlene left CWO to blog as a solo author at Time-Warp Wife Ministries.
It was also during this transition that she worked alongside actress Candace Cameron Bure to write the NYT Best-Selling book, Reshaping it All: Motivation for Spiritual and Physical Fitness. Reshaping it All was the winner of both the 2011 USA Best Book Awards and the 2012 Christian Reading Retailers Choice Awards.
Author of more than 15 books, Darlene continues to write and to minister to her readers through her blog at TimeWarpWife.com.
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