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Every parent knows the desperation felt when our children are lost, wandering, or in crisis. Regardless of their age, when we see them heading towards destruction or in danger, we get on our knees and cry out for mercy on their behalf. Our fears of the worst are stirred and our imaginations can run wild. For those interceding for this nation, the desperation is just as real. The rising tide of liberal leadership and anti-faith legislation is now at our front door. Ungodly laws are threatening our safety and security and believers are seeing the spiritual battle as never before….

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Priorities – Day 12

Today’s reading is drawn from Philippians 3:12-14.

Paul accomplished an amazing amount in the approximately 20 years he functioned as a leader. The churches he planted and the letters he wrote have helped shape Western culture. Part of Paul’s ability to accomplish so much is defined in Philippians 3:13: “But one thing I do …”

The book of Acts and Paul’s epistles reveal that he lived a real life in real circumstances with real options to choose from. He, like everyone else, had to decide what to do and what not to do. He obviously made wise choices. He pursued matters that mattered. When options conflicted, he had the ability to choose well. But priorities have to begin with a “But one thing I do.” Without a defining, central Priority, there can be no sensible priorities in leading or in life.

Life is too complex to live it by lists of priorities. Paul knew what one thing gave definition to his life, and all his priorities grew out of that central focus. Priorities help us say yes and no to things that matter and don’t matter. Far more, having a consuming priority redefines how we say yes and how we live to make that yes a reality.

The Garden No One Visits, Day 5

Today’s reading is drawn from Luke 5:16 and Luke 6:12.

Observation
In the middle of the bustling Honolulu Airport, where travelers scurry around the clock to their destinations, a garden awaits. The green repose, which seems almost out of place in the chaos, is a quiet place. It invites frazzled passengers to site awhile under beautiful trees offering protective shade.

The garden is beautiful. Birds perch by the dozens in the branches of the trees, but humans seem to avoid the garden. The last time I was there, one lady was using it — to walk her dog. One man sat and finished his lunch on the bench. But I passed it by — for some undecipherable reason, I hurried past that quiet place. I was hurrying to get to my departure gate, even though I would sit there for another 45 minutes before boarding.

The business of the world is a vortex that claims much of our richest potential, only to replace it with empty activity. Out of all that’s going on in the book of Luke, this one out-of-the-way verse is like a garden, inviting me to stop and sit awhile. Jesus would slip away, not just on occasion, but often. He’d take time to recalibrate his heart and reorient his course, regain balance and return to communion with his Father.

Application
Often I think I will be less fruitful if my activity is replaced by quiet times with God. How I want to see fruitfulness — but the only way is to stop by the garden and sit with the Savior for a while, to return to what is most eternal.

Prayer
Heavenly Father, I have been moving at Mach IV for quite a while, and I need to take more time to be like Jesus. Teach me that fruitfulness is only possible when I take time to slip away with you to pray.

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