This past week, I have found myself taking time to first read the scriptures and pray first before I even think of turning the TV on or looking through social media sites.
I love reading and analyzing news and information during the day. I love blogs. I love reading articles that hit home with me.
But, it was getting me into a bit of trouble in my faith walk. I was enjoying the journ
For a few days, I fasted from the hustle and bustle of news and social media postings on specific sites and the results are remarkable.
Not a surprise there!
I needed this break and the Lord knew I needed it. I was feeling a great deal of disappointment and frustration with what was happening in our community and across America. And if you sit around and watch this stuff unfolding for 24/7 you’re bound to get a little disappointed and even feel hopeless about it all.
I would love for people to understand the plight of citizens of color. I would love for people to get past their insecurities, selfishness, doubt and pride. I would love for people to drop their walls while supporting the ideas of building them. I want that so, so bad for people.
I came to the conclusion that I don’t have the power to change people’s hearts. The Lord will do that and the best thing for me to do is to ask the Lord to use me to help others draw closer to Him.
But, in order to be that agent of change, it starts with me. It starts with sitting down in prayer and making Jesus first.
This is a challenge. Daily we have to die to ourselves and to our wants and desires. And, after all, God already knows what’s up.
As H. Wayne House and Kenneth M. Durham of the book, “Living Wisely In A Foolish World” quoted “…nobody is getting away with anything. A lifestyle without consequences simply does not exist! To fall for that deceit is naive.”
Colossians 2:6-7 says this:
As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.
Instead of wallowing in disappointment and discouragement, I’ve made up my mind to walk in Christ and draw closer to Him. By doing this, I’m empowered in the following way….”rooted and built up in Him…established in the faith…abounding in it with thanksgiving.”
This text in Colossians is a part of a much larger movement in the scripture that cautions believers to “philosophies” or the love of wisdom as Dr. Warren Wiersbe calls it.
This conviction from Jesus settled in me over the last few days…and I’m still learning to do this:
Seek Me, not just the books and blogs that talk about me.
So, I’m fasting for a little bit from the world of politics, hard news, 24/7 news analysis, blogs and commentaries, and learning to seek Jesus directly.
This is just part of the faith walk. And this period of my life is worth every moment that I get to spend with Jesus.