Knowledge is definitely power. In order to make changes, we need to become knowledgeable or exposed to things. I for one am grateful for Apple’s iOS update that included Screen Time stats. I set social media app time limits for each day and monitor my screen time from week to week to see if it has hopefully gone down. The reports are pretty detailed, and I can even see how often I pick up my phone and what is the first thing used when I do. I was surprised to see the first thing I usually go to are my messages (then email then Instagram, I’ll see if I can get Instagram down on the list!). I liked that my first thing was messages because I thought that showed some intentionality; I’m usually picking up my phone to respond to a message; otherwise its tucked away so I can be more productive. As much as I love scrolling through various timelines lately, I’ve been feeling like hmmm what else could I be doing? Could I be on a business or trade app reading up on the latest trends? Could I be reading a book for pleasure? (I’ve recently started Creativity Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration). Could I send a message to someone I haven’t spoken to in a while?
Moving forward I would like to be more intentional with my phone; and, more broadly speaking, more intentional with my time. I heard a great message from Pastor Toure Roberts recently about prayer (link below). A portion of the Lord’s Prayer is “Give us today our daily bread…” (Matthew 6: 11), each day has great value. Pastor reminds us that the most valuable day is not tomorrow or yesterday. If our greatest day was yesterday, why would God bring us into today? And tomorrow is not guaranteed. So we have to be intentional with the time we are given. It is said that procrastination is the arrogant assumption that God will give you another opportunity to do tomorrow what He anointed for you to do today. That really got me. Prayer is something that I’ve always struggled to do consistently well each day; but, now this is something I want to be more intentional about. Each day I want to seek God’s Wisdom on how He wants me to utilize the day. I’m confident if I intentionally seek God each day using the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6: 9-15) I will have a great year. I encourage you to be intentional and do the same. I’m sure your life will be blessed.
P.S. Let me know if you have any prayer requests
Link to Sermon: https://youtu.be/psUnwM0ZH_o
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