If you take my life as exhibit A, its scary how easy it is to ruin a routine. After nearly 6 months of developing a disciplined Bible reading and prayer time before work, I decided to take yesterday off. While driving in my car, a thought crossed my mind, “a day away from God can lead to years of regret.”
During my tenure as a high school teacher, I participated in several seminars related to life skills. I recall one evening at Black Rock Retreat Center as the key note speaker spoke about choices. Essentially his message concentrated on Ideas have consequences. Thus, as one’s world view is formed, the choices you make influence your actions, behavior and the words that you choose. Whether you’re talking about running, working out or spending time with God, a day away can lead to years of regret.
As I look back on my life, distractions reflect where your heart is, Matthew 6:19-22. When eating, sleeping and watching television becomes more important than the Lord, my priorities have swayed in the wrong direction. If I let this occurrence become a pattern, regret is a likely fate. Therefore, whenever you start to slip sliding away from God, react quickly before a spiritual slumber sets in. In your weakness, Christ can be strong, 2 Corinthians 12:7-12, but you must surrender to obtain the power of the Holy Spirit.
by Jay Mankus