you feeling overwhelmed by all of your
commitments? How do you find time to follow your dream if the to-do
list keeps getting longer and longer? Rising again isn’t impossible.
Rising again takes intentional focus and the desire to make a list and
work the list. But where do we start? What comes first?
April offers the opportunity to
treat our lives as if we are buried
with Christ to rise again victorious. Unfortunately, we forget God is
the One who planned our futures and our hope. We take off into the day
as if master of our own little universe. Then when nothing seems to go
right, we sit back stunned at the messy results. What if we turn over
all of our lives―not just the ethereal spiritual part―and bury our
daily commitments with Christ so He can resurrect those with real
When the roots of our daily
lives are planted directly in prayer,
counsel, and wisdom, our productivity will blossom. Putting practical
elements into practice sends out roots into the stream of God’s will.
What does that look like?
Daily prayer—Take the time to let the Holy Spirit work in your life and
lead you into the most important action areas. “But I cry to you for
help, LORD; in the morning my prayer comes before you” (Ps. 88:13).
Acknowledge God has power over
the everyday moments, everyday
choices, and everyday tasks. For some reason, we’ve separated our
spiritual beings from our practical beings, as if God cares about only
part of us. “. . . in all your ways submit to him, and he will make
your paths straight” (Prov. 3:6).
Write out thoughts in a list—Do
this right after your prayer time so
other distractions stay at bay. (Over eighty verses in the Bible give
direction to write and remember what the Lord says.)
Determine what has to be done next—What sticks out? Do the most urgent
in order of urgency and then work on the others. If you have enough
time to finish only three things, what are they? “I will instruct you
and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my
loving eye on you” (Ps. 32:8).
Talk through the list with
trusted counselors—When in doubt remember
that Proverbs offers excellent advice to turn to advisors so your plans
will succeed. “Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers
they succeed” (Prov. 15:22).
Avoid distractions—Sitting at
the feet of the Lord to listen stops
excessive busy behavior. Say no when busy distractions don’t lead to
your goals. “But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had
to be made. She came to him and asked, ‘Lord, don’t you care that my
sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!’”
An amazing phenomenon happens
when we first take our schedules to
the Lord. Productivity soars and never fails to bear fruit because
we’re drawn directly into God’s will and the purpose He’s already
Take the challenge: Pray,
acknowledge, list, determine, counsel, and
avoid distractions. Following the path God knit into our DNA means
turning our entire lives over to His care. Will you lift up your heart and
your calendar, trusting the Lord to manage your commitments to rise
again? Or will you stay buried in the overwhelming?
A perfect, super healthy, super easy, low-fat recipe for an Easter
lb. ground lamb
1 lb. ground beef (90 percent lean)
3−4 Tbs. Greek spice (available in any spice aisle)
1 Tbs. lemon juice
½ Tbs. chopped mint or dried mint leaves
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. ground coriander
½ tsp. ground pepper
Mix all ingredients together
well. Pat into long, thick
hamburger-style patties. Spray frying pan lightly with pan spray. Cook
until well-done. Cool enough to slice into thin strips. When sliced,
the pieces will easily resemble gyro meat sliced off of a cone.
Pita bread (buy a soft brand
like Jasmine or a specialty bakery for delicious results)
Hummus flavor of your choice
Greek nonfat yogurt
Assemble: Warm pita bread.
Spread with a light layer of hummus.
Sprinkle on the pita one light layer each of cucumbers, onion,
tomatoes, feta cheese. Place a layer of sliced gyro meat. Dab on Greek
nonfat yogurt. Top with Kalamata olives.
Serve with baked crinkle French
fries sprinkled with Greek spice,
seasoned salt, and spritz at the last minute with lemon juice for an
authentic Greek fry experience. Add extra pita, diced veggies, feta
cheese, and Kalamata olives as a side dish.