Tuesday, June 06, 2006

I'm back from vacation.....

and trying to get things back to normal around here. I thought I'd share my devotion with you all today - and hopefully tomorrow I'll be able to be a little more personal!!

"Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest. How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?" Proverbs 6:6-9

Sunday night we were at a park playing volleyball after church. While we played volleyball Brett and another little boy were watching ants, which led to a great discussion with his dad on the way home. Brett kind of laughed when his dad said we should be like ants ~ but then Jeff explained what he meant by that.

Ants do their work without being asked, without being supervised, and early - before it is such a necessity that the job has to be rushed through. That is how all of us should be - with everything we do, for our families and especially for the Lord.

We should be gathering riches in Heaven now, not waiting for someone else to do it or telling ourselves that we can do it later. We aren't promises a later ~~ only a NOW.

I know good works aren't what will get anyone to Heaven, but they are what shows others our faith and our love for our Saviour. How many times do we put things off or only done things with a half-hearted effort?

That's not the kind of response we want our children to show toward us, so why would we think the God would expect anything less of us? We expect our children to "obey right away" (I've taught my children that saying since they we babies), so give God that same thing….OBEY RIGHT AWAY.

When you know you need to be spending time in God's Word reading, studying, and praying…DO IT. Don't wait until later and then give God a token 15 minutes just to say you did it. When you know your husband expects certain things…DO THEM. Don't wait until just before he gets home and make a mad dash through the house halfway doing things and trying to cover up what you couldn't get done.

Be like the ant - and reap the blessings as you go along.

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