July 7, 2012

Where It Begins

"Forgive us for slouching into your presence with less expectation and less awe than we would eagerly give a visiting dignitary." ~ Frederick Ohler

In pursuing excellence in my walk with Christ I must always come back to this truth.  He is the King.  He is my Master. It is His ministry, and I follow His will.  Am I in awe of who it is I serve?  Am I eager to be in His presence?  Do I fully understand that no pursuit is worthy if it is not initiated by Him?

How often do I run out of time in the morning and find myself tempted to think, "Oh it's Jesus, he'll understand.  He loves me.   I talk to him all day so missing this special time in the morning won't hurt me."  But it must hurt him.  Because it's not the legitimate that keeps me from running to my private altar; it's a little bit more sleep, or a little bit more bacon, or a little be more Instagram.

Yes, the Lord wants me to be so comfortable with him that I can crawl in his lap and be held, but do I ever become so comfortable that I forget who's lap it is I lie in?

Excellence begins with the King, and so does my day.

"Fear God and keep his commandments for this is the full duty of man." ~ Ecclesiastes 12:13

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  1. Thank you for the beautiful reminder. Absolutely love your post. Excellence does begin with Him.

  2. What a stunning photo. And the words so worthy of pondering.

  3. An amazing photo! You're such a good photographer!


  4. Always blessed to visit your words and your pictures, Stephani. Your heart for Jesus touches mine. Praying for your strong faith to endure another day, and another, and another.

  5. Good reminder for me too! Thanks:) Dropping by from " Spiritual Sundays"

  6. How often we forget who God is. "Slouching in His presence" describes it perfectly. So often I let the awe slip in the mundaneness of life. Thank you for calling me back.

  7. Very good post. In today's world the competition for one's attention is fierce. I'm sure most of us are guilty of ignoring our Master in favor of sleep or that favorite tv show. It's difficult. Love the photo. Makes for a great illustration.

  8. Wow, that picture is stunning, but these words blew me away..."I forget who's lap it is I lie in".
    Lord, let me remember who you are today.

  9. Beautiful post. I love it.


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