Simplify simply

Serve the Lord with all your heart; and do not turn aside after useless things that cannot profit or save. — I Samuel 12: 20-21

For some reason, this verse really struck me today during my quiet time.  Do not turn aside after useless things than cannot profit or save…

What could those useless things look like?

~ambition

~too many activities

~too many distractions (Facebook, Twitter)

~wrong motives

~selfishness

~discontent

I could go on and on.  It is just like the apostle Paul wrote- I do what I don’t want to do and what I know I should do I don’t (my paraphrase of course).

I appreciated the straightforwardness of this verse this morning.

A barometer for my actions, my choices, my decisions.

Cutting through the clutter of life is a passion of mine, a passion I know the Lord laid on my heart.  Helping people cut through the distractions of life so they can see what is truly important.

Today I was reminded I need to start with myself, my schedule, my family.

Lord, help me to turn from useless things and not be distracted by anything that is not coming straight from You. I want you to have my whole heart- nothing less. ~Amen

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Comments

  1. Wow. I needed that reminder, thanks!

  2. Good post. Love how some days, one verse is all you need to read and God's told you enough to last you a week (or a lifetime) to work on. I need this thought, today, too- cut through the clutter. Get to the heart of the matter. Hope your refocusing goes well.

  3. Southern Gal says:

    My gifting is not in removing the clutter. Useless stuff keeps me distracted. Thank you for reminding me of the need to cut through it all and get to Jesus.

  4. so glad i read this!!! it's so easy to spend so much time on frivolous things while neglecting the important ones. thank God for His grace because i know i am a big fat failure at this all too often! on a separate note… i'm so thrilled that you visited my blog today because i thought i'd become a follower of yours… then i realized i hadn't so i just did. yay! i love all that you write about. so glad to meet you! : )

  5. Can I tell you AMEN sister! I am no longer online during the day since I let all my time be taken with the kids since they are my center and my number one priority. But sometimes the distractions are a nice break every now and then. ((HUGS))

  6. Hi Melissa,
    Thank you for your words of encouragement today! I love this post….simple and yet so full of His wisdom. Using our time for His glory moves us to get rid of much of the “clutter.” I'm working on that right now, and I'm looking forward to reading more of your posts for ideas and inspiration!

  7. Wonderful verse for reflection- thanks for sharing!

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