My eyelids aren’t happy with me right now.
I keep telling them to “Wake up!”
I’m very drowsy but I don’t have the option of going back to bed to get more sleep.
Well, I could but that would be giving into “self” at a time that I have much to do for others.
Including the Lord.
And so, I deny what my flesh wants in order to do what my faith compels.
It’s the right thing to do if I am to be faithful to God and actually is commanded by Jesus in this way:
“Whoever wants to be My disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow Me.” (Mark 8:34).
I’m sure that my eyelids will try again today to impose their will upon me.
I’ll have to make sure that I deny that lucious pillow time that will attempt to lure me away from ministry efforts. You, of course, know the feeling because you’ve had to resist the same call of the pillow.
I have a midweek Bible study to prepare, a sermon to continue polishing, several letters to write, several Sunday bulletin items to prepare, a number of phone calls to make, a Spring sermon series to plan and all this after my devotional time of reading, praying and writing is completed. I hope to also meet briefly today with a couple of church members.
And this is just for the planned activities today.
Please join me in the effort to deny self. And please say a brief prayer for me so that I don’t allow my eyelids to rule my priority list.
The more we’re successful in that, the more success we’ll have for others, including the Lord.
As always, I love you