“There was a time,” Stan began, “when I had the opportunity to talk to a fairly large group of men about how journaling had made such a difference in my walk with God.”
“How’d that go?” I asked.
“Mixed,” was Stan’s response.
“I think the presentation went well, but the response was not what I expected.”
“I thought it might jumpstart some of the audience into using journaling as a way for them to draw closer to God.”
“But the general response was reflected in what I overheard one person say to another, which was, in essence, ‘that’s fine for him, but not for me; I like to stay in bed in the morning.’”
“And that bothered you?” I asked.
“Yes, it bothered me, but not in the sense of someone rejecting my suggestion of journaling, but in the sense of a person choosing to reject efforts to draw closer to God.”
“My sense,” Stan continued, “is that if a person chooses not to spend time with God first thing in the morning, there is a great likelihood that he or she will choose not to spend any time with God at any point during the day.”
“If you say that,” I asked, “aren’t you just making someone feel guilty?”
“The point is not to make anyone feel guilty; the point is open them to see what God wants. If that makes them feel guilty and results in change, great. If that makes them feel guilty and does not result in any change, they will have to talk with God about that.”
Work out your salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure. Philippians 2:12, 13.
Prayer: Lord, I thank you for what you want to do in and through me. You know how easy it is for me to get myself in the way of what you want to do. I ask you to move in me in exact accord with your will so I, in turn, truly want only what you want, whatever that may mean for me and my selfishness. Amen.