Let’s take a good look at the way we’re living.
Let’s return to the Lord.
Lamentations 3:40 (nirv)
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Our focus verse in Lamentations says "Let's take a good look at the way we're (we are) living..." right now. In this moment, today, does our behavior and our thoughts reflect someone who is dedicated to living life for the Lord? Or does it more closely resemble living for ourselves or in sync with the way the world lives?
It's easy to fool those around us...to live one way before them and live an entirely different way when we're alone and no one is watching. It's even easy to fool ourselves sometimes, but the Lord is watching 24/7. He knows our hearts, our attitudes, our thoughts and our coverups. We're not fooling him.
So, this is a perfect time to take a good look at the way we're living. A little honest face-time in the mirror is in order. Some self-examination, some contemplative knee-time before the Lord, asking His opinion. But don't just do this at the change of the calendar year. Do it on a continual basis, asking ourselves if the way we're living is leading us closer to the Lord or further away from Him. And if the answer is the latter, then the last part of our focus verse comes into play. "Let's return to the Lord."
Make this an ongoing practice in 2014 and you'll find that you don't stray too far before the Holy Spirit reminds you to turn around and head back to your First Love.
Have a Blessed New Year!
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