G is for goals. Lord, today I surrender my goals to You. I have many aspirations and dreams for my future, but none compare to the hope of glory. Help me to keep my eyes on the true prize and not be swayed by the ambitions of the world. Make Your goals for me become the desire of my heart. I cannot fathom what is in store for those who put their hope in You. May I be counted among those who join Christ in His prayer of ultimate surrender: not my will, but Thy will be done.
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E is for emotions. Lord, today I surrender my emotions to You. You created us to be emotional beings, but not to be controlled by those emotions. You are my Rock, and the core of being finds strength and hope in You alone. While I may feel strongly and have deep emotional responses to the events and people around me, I will not be led by the leash of my emotions. Instead, I will remain grounded in Your truth. I will look to You, the Author and Finisher of my faith and a firm foundation. I will love when I don't feel like it, hope when things look bleak and pray with confidence knowing that I will not be moved as long as I cling to You.
One of the more difficult acts of discipline for me is holding my tongue. The most difficult, is holding my tongue in my car. I’ve learned to temper my speech at work and in most social settings, but when I’m alone or with friends, it’s not so easy. And when I’m in my car, forget about it. When someone cuts me off in traffic or goes slower than I think they should, it’s so tempting to hurl a curse at them. I realize that in those situations they probably aren’t even aware, so it’s tempting to think that it’s not really hurting anyone. But wouldn’t it be better to send up a blessing or say nothing at all? And even if it doesn’t hurt them. It hurts me. If I cannot let the Holy Spirit guide my tongue in such a small thing, how can I expect my willful soul to submit in larger things?
My mom always told me that if I couldn’t say anything nice, I shouldn’t say anything at all. There is true godly wisdom in that teaching. Today, I will strive to take it one step further and bless those who curse me, or even just those who irritate me.
Growing up, I thought of temptation as overt. I thought that Satan would tempt me to do big things. These days some of the biggest temptations I face are seemingly tiny and insignificant. Previously I’ve mentioned that I use flossing me teeth as both an act of discipline and of worship and prayer. (Oh no, she’s writing a out flossing again! Stick with me, there’s a kernel of truth in here).
Sometimes, when I’ve stayed up to late, my mind will tell me to skip it and just go to bed. What’s the big deal? It’s just one night, right? Wrong. The truth is that, it’s not too late, and if it is, it’s because I chose to watch one more episode, read one more chapter or play one more game. So if I can read one more chapter, I can also take two minutes to floss my teeth. Why is this such a big deal to me? Because, this one little thing is an act of discipline that calls my will and flesh into line. The enemy knows that if he can derail me from this one little thing, it will be all the more difficult for me to show discipline in bigger things of more eternal importance. So, I choose to remind myself that it just takes two minutes to brush my teeth, and if I have time for that, I have time to spend two more minutes flossing, and two more minutes washing my face. Those few minutes of lost sleep are an investment in my spiritual training. Every time I crucify my flesh-with this minutiae, that spiritual muscle gets a little bit stronger, and I get a little bit better at resisting the next, bigger temptation.