Running on empty

B dawg football

I love this picture of our youngest child, B.  It was captured at one of his flag football games a couple of years ago.  He was running down the field as fast as he could- trying to make something happen.  B was trying to set a block for his teammate, but ended up plowing into his friend and knocking him down!  Hollianne caught the moment perfectly…eyes shut, teeth clinched and hitting his buddy with reckless abandon!

Ever feel like this?  I do.  Work projects, deadlines and daily life have us often scurrying around at breakneck speed.  Many times our projects or priorities change so quickly that we slow down just enough to change direction- and then hit the treadmill again.  Full speed ahead.  Eyes shut.  Teeth clinched.

It isn’t enough to just run.  We need to pursue a true purpose.  If seeking God is our goal, then we can’t afford to run with reckless abandon and a lack of focus.  We need focus and fuel to provide power and direction for our lives.

But from there you will seek the Lord your God and you will find him, if you search after him with all your heart and all your soul.  Deuteronomy 4:29

Our lives should include daily time with our Lord.

Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually!  1 Chronicles 16:11

Continually.  Intentionally.  Each day should include time in prayer, meditation on God’s inspired word through the Bible and reflection on our true purpose- seeking the will of the Lord our God for our lives…and fueling this search with all of our being.

I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently find me.  Proverbs 8:17

With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments.  Psalm 119:10

Let’s pledge to spend more time on focusing on our Lord.  Let our study, prayer and meditation be our fuel.

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.  Matthew 6:33

My prayer at this moment is this…

Dear Father- may we take time from our busy lives to reflect on Your goodness and mercy.  May we intentionally and continually seek Your guidance for our lives while on this earth.  There are distractions, but we ask for moments of clarity when tempted to lose our focus on You.  May we have the presence of mind to run toward You- and to realize that You will sustain us and provide for our every need.  It is through Christ Jesus we pray- Amen.

God bless you.  Let me know if I can pray for you- and as always, please pray for me.

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7 thoughts on “Running on empty

  1. Barbara Anne Dugger says:

    Keith, As always, I really appreciate your wonderful thoughts and miss them when you are not able to be in class Sunday morning. Hoping to see and hear you soon!

  2. Angie Holmes says:

    Thanks, Keith, for this reminder to slow down and focus on our Lord. It is so easy to get consumed with our very, busy lives and misdirect that focus. Love you, Brother!

  3. Dede McCoy Cassell says:

    Another perfect reminder, Keith! I sure miss our visits. I am so thankful I am connected to you and your beautiful family through Facebook. Add my twin sister and her husband, Randy, to your prayer list. And I will keep you and yours in my prayers!

  4. Beth Quick says:

    Distraction and busy schedules filled with good things can keep us from enjoying the GREAT things HE desires for us. Thanks for the gentle reminder that even good things can be obstacles to knowing HIM better! Love to you all! ~Beth

  5. Dr. Randy L. Perry says:

    Keith, hey, you are maybe my favorite Christian. I will send you an item to pray about. It is too long to place here. I believe the prayers of a righteous man availeth much.

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