Recently I’ve had some long unplanned days on the road. So. I woke up today, excited for the opportunity to check off some tasks, which need to be taken care of as soon as possible. Yet. I’m aware this day belongs to God, not to my to-do-list. I’ve been learning to intentionally commit my day to God in the FIRST FIFTEEN, grateful for the divine meeting, aware there’s more to be seen in the Reality of each moment, wanting to align myself with the will of God with the intention to manage whatever is assigned to me through the Spirit, determined to live strong, doing only what matters.
When I re-read the book of Jonah last week, I was struck with the fact that Jonah recommitted himself to God while he spent some time in the belly of a fish:
But I will offer sacrifices to you with songs of praise,
and I will fulfill all my vows.
For my salvation comes from the Lord alone.” (Jonah 2:9, NLT).
Jonah knew he was born to be a prophet and ultimately his life was about God, not himself. But. He responded to God’s assignment by going in the opposite direction of what had been assigned. It happens. There are times the God-given assignment does not make sense but the to-do list does. It comes down to commitment. And. Jonah recommitted his life to God while he was stuck in the belly of the fish with no where to go, nothing to do, and no one to distract him.
Like Jonah, you and I are more likely to connect with God when space is made in the day to separate from the to-do list, from the stuff of life, and from the pressure of it all. If, there’s no time to connect with God, most likely our commitment to take on the God-given assignment will rapidly decrease. True commitment comes from belief and trust. It’s worth asking, “Do I believe and trust God enough to commit to do whatever I’m assigned to do today?”
The thing is . . . you and I are born to do what matters . . . to make a difference in this world by managing our daily God-given assignment through the power of the Spirit.
There’s so much to do in this world for the sake of Christ—I pray as you take on your daily assignment that you know the power of God’s love, grace, and hope—I believe the FRIST FIFTEEN will make a difference in your experience of the day. The FIRST FIFTEEN is one more way to develop divine awareness at the beginning of the day of the presence and power of God.
When time is used for worship, meditation, and prayer there’s a sense of connection, of being heard, and confidence of living in the Reality of God. A connection with God gives reason to the day, providing a fresh passion for living, and a pathway to committing to do only what matters–our God-given assignment.
Looking forward to being on assignment. It matters—Kerrie
View from my JOYs—I know a part of my God-given assignment is to influence Madelyn, Sydney, and Ellie. I want to be present in their life, helping them to discover their own God-given assignment through a mini version of the FIRST FIFTEEN.
(Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2014 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)