My Proverbs 31 Ministries devotion was by Bob Goff thing morning and he told us: “we can get busy getting better.” There is so much darkness and just plain old sin going on right now, but it ain’t nothing new. Sin has been messing up hearts since the beginning. It goes way on back to the Garden. Satan’s games have not changed. We’re still failing for the same old tricks and lies. We’re still eating that apple and sharing that apple with those we love. The thing that changes is us. We grow. We turn the lights on. You have always been good. We just forget to look for the good sometimes. We forget to trust You. But my God, You have always been there.
What would happen if we stop the cycle? What would happen if instead of eating the apple and sharing our sin, we shared our joy instead? Could we change the world? By sharing the apple, we share our sin and shame. By sharing our joy, what else could we impact? It starts in our little world around us and then grows and spreads to the world at large. I want to be more intentional and try to be more like You. I want to point others to You with every move I make.
I want to the stop the cycle. I want to start a new one. I want to share joy and hope and courage and love. I want to share the light. I want to stop handing those I love the forbidden fruit and start handing them Your light.
So, here is my prayer today. I pray I get busy getting better. I pray I give those around me your light. I pray I look for the ways out of sin and look for the ways into your light. Lord, I don’t want to just do enough to get by. I don’t want to sit around and just let things continue. I don’t want to run and hide anymore. I want to stand firm. I want to stop the cycle. I want to start a new cycle of light. I pray I lead others to you. I pray I pull chairs up to the table. I pray I lay everything I have at the cross. Father, help me to stand in the light. Lord help me to appreciate all the beautiful things and people in my life. I pray that I honor them and cherish them. I am so grateful for all you’ve done for me and continue to do. Lord, help me to do better. I don’t have to earn my way to Heaven by checkin off items on my christian check list. I have the absolute joy of serving because I have been given Heaven. I pray I share that joy. Lord, guard my heart from letting the darkness in. Father, let my heart shine for you. Lord, I trust you. I lay down my life. My hands are open and empty. I am coming boldly to the throne. And as always I pray for my family and sorority sisters. I pray for my university. I pray for guidance for our government, church, and school leaders. I pray for protection for our troops. I pray for all of those that need you now and for those that haven’t met you yet. In Jesus’ name, Amen.