Tuesday, October 28, 2008

DON'T GET RIPPED OFF!


I want to encourage you to take a moment today and reflect on your relationship with Christ. As I talk to our brothers throughout the country I hear over and over again how their relationship with Christ is being squashed with the business of life. I want to challenge you today: Set your alarm 30-60 minutes early every morning and start your day by investing in your relationship with Christ. DON'T GET RIPPED OFF! Keith Chancey told me for years that I needed to have a quiet time first thing in the morning. I always resisted him because I am by nature a "night owl". Not only that I was consistently meeting with the Lord before bed. I remained stubborn and proud of my routine however the Lord kept nudging me to discipline myself in this way. Last year I finally made a rock solid commitment that I would get up 1 hour early for the rest of my life. I decided at the very least that I could honor the Lord by disciplining myself on His behalf. The product of this decision has been priceless. With each morning that goes by our relationship gets sweeter and sweeter.

Here is the biggest change I have seen. For the last week my time with the Lord has been "dry". I was getting lazy with my prayer and realized that I need to focus on connecting with the Spirit before digging into the Word. So yesterday morning I bared down and had and UNBELIEVABLE time with the Lord. I was so fired up that I wrote a talk that I can't wait to give. In the wee hours of the morning Christ lit a fire in my life and I walked out my door ready to Kill My Day For Christ (you know what I mean-spiritually speaking) ...don't just do it...kill it! What good is a quiet time like that if you are just headed to bed once you are done?!

This kind of commitment equals some early mornings-5am on Mondays for me. I don't tell you this to blow sunshine on my face-I am as afflicted as the next guy. My hope is that I can encourage you through the lessons I am learning. Understand this, mornings are the only time of your day where nothing can infringe on your time. He died for us, it's the least we can do for Him. Let me know how it goes!

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