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This year, do first things first

2 January 2024 ‘Teach us to use wisely all the time we have.’ Psalm 90:12 CEV

We all get the same twenty-four hours every day. That’s 1,440 minutes, or 86,400 seconds. And we ‘must give an account to God’ for how we use them (see Ecclesiastes 11:9). A good place to start is by asking yourself, ‘How would I spend the next twenty-four hours if I knew I would have to tell God tomorrow about how I spent them?’ Your answer can help you prioritise your life. Think about it: if somebody steals your car, you can get another one. If they steal your wallet, a few phone calls to the credit card company can usually sort it out. But who can you call when you lose your time? How you spend your time is how you spend your life! Ephesians 5:16 says, ‘Make every minute count’ (CEV), so learn to do these: 1) Stop saying yes to everybody. When your spiritual gut says no, but your people-pleasing gut says yes, go with your spiritual gut. Jesus did. It’s what enabled Him to tell His Father, ‘I have finished the work…You have given Me to do’ (John 17:4 NKJV). Don’t let the good rob you of the best; back off on some activities so you can excel in others. 2) Be led by the Spirit, not the flesh. Paul said, ‘If you are guided by the Spirit, you won’t obey your selfish desires’ (Galatians 5:16 CEV). And when you walk in the Spirit, you can avoid burnout because the Holy Spirit supplies you with strength. 3) Put first things first. A mark of real maturity is doing what’s necessary and right, even when you don’t feel like doing it. So, this year, put first things first – and keep them there!


Hope for the future Tuesday 27 February
Try to be more flexible Monday 26 February
Armed for spiritual warfare (3) Sunday 25 February
Armed for spiritual warfare (2) Saturday 24 February
Armed for spiritual warfare (1) Friday 23 February
Don’t doubt God Thursday 22 February
Hypocrisy Wednesday 21 February

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