For Hollianne and me, one of life’s greatest joys is a hot cup of coffee before daybreak.
Our boys are coffee drinkers too. Or- should I say- coffee pourers.
My boys are notorious for preparing a fresh cup of coffee, doctoring it up with their favorite sweetener…and then leaving it on the kitchen counter. For hours.
They get out of bed with lots on their minds…last minute homework, packing duffle bags for football practice and getting ready for school. Breakfast is almost an afterthought.
And so is their coffee. Cups filled with cold coffee adorn our countertops each day. Forgotten.
I have a parallel in my spiritual life. I’m great about reading my Bible each morning. Praying too. But the busyness of the day soon provides a big series of distractions.
Duties at work, home and in my personal life consume my mind and daily activities. My self-centered nature prevents me from reflecting on the words of God…and from praying throughout the day.
In short, I’m a reader and listener…but not always a “doer.”
But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing. James 1:22-25
I have this great gift- a daily, unlimited source of grace, hope and forgiveness. Yet I leave this joy untapped. A cold up of grace and hope that often goes unused throughout the day.
My prayer this week is to be more intentional of reflecting on God’s love. I want to drink of His love and mercy and let it impact my whole being…all day, every day.
And please let me know how I may pray for you.