The Christian Public Servant – “put aside the inconsequential”

July 20, 2017 – Thursday

Reading
Deuteronomy 6:6-7 [NIV] These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.

Reflection
Driving to work each morning, I have a million things running through my head. Where to have lunch. Get the oil changed. What to shop for after work. What movie to watch tonight. The weekend to-do list.

But how much of this stuff really matters? How much of it leads to a focus on God?

You know, God commanded the Israelites to take His Commandments and place them on their hearts. They were to think constantly of Him so that He would be the most important thing in their lives. There would be no time to worry. They were to put aside the inconsequential things in life. He delivered them from Egypt, kept them in the desert, and prepared the Promise Land. He wanted them to focus only on Him because He would provide everything else for them.

The amazing thing is that He wants you and me to do the same today. We get so wrapped up in the trivial things that we sometimes forget to stop and focus on Him and His Word. He can, and will, provide everything for us – from time to perform our daily tasks at work to time to worship Him. Even time to rest our weary bodies.

So before you leave for work today, write down on your IPhone everything you want to remember. Then on your way to work, put aside the inconsequential list of this day. Some things are important, sure, but not as important as focusing on God.

Yes, put aside the inconsequential this morning! Focus on Him and see what He can, and will, do in your workday and in your life.

Prayer
Lord, thank You for reminding me that I am to focus on You in all things and in all situations today. Let me press Your Word onto my heart. In Your name, I pray. Amen.

Gilbert O. Craven, M.A.
Civil Engineering Technician
Naval Facilities Engineering Command Atlantic (NAVFACLANT)
U.S. Department of Defense
Norfolk, Virginia USA

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