The opening quote reminded me of a moment I had with our dogs a couple of mornings ago while cracking open a brand new fifty-pound bag of “Kibble Crunch” to feed them breakfast. As I divvied up their food I was quite focused on giving them less than I had a week previous.
I had purchased the dogs’ gourmet 🙂 “Kibble Crunch,” last Saturday when our world was closer to the old normal than it was our new normal. When I bought it, I had no idea that five days later I would be rationing our dogs’ food as well our own food, not knowing when and if we would be required to live in total shut down.
If there is one thing this crazy pandemic has opened my eyes to is all the excess that is in my life and I have a feeling I’m not alone.
As I’ve forced myself to live with less over the past few days, and I’m not only talking about food, I have found myself drawing closer to God. Excess is one of the many tools the devil uses in order to blind us to His abundance.
My recent experience with “excess” has opened my heart and mind to a couple of groups of folks who need assistance during this crisis:
- Those who have no God to draw closer to as they are learning to live with less.
- Those who already had little to nothing of the essentials for daily living going into this pandemic.
- If #2 has God in their lives they are way ahead of #1…personal opinion
As I shed my excess during this time of pause, God is clearly telling me to be a disciple for those people noted above.
How about you?
Excess is one of the many tools the devil uses in order to blind us to His abundance.
It’s a bit ironic that one of the questions I’ve challenged you to answer each morning has been–What will I deny myself so I may draw closer to God and gain more peace in my life today? Who’d a thunk that God already had a plan in the works to help us live into the answer to that question?
John 10:10, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”
Journal your thoughts:
What am I grateful for today?
In what way(s) will I bring light to the world today?
What will I deny myself so I may draw closer to God and gain more peace in my life today?
God, I offer myself to Thee—To build with me and to do with me as Thou wilt. Relieve me of the bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will. Take away my difficulties that victory over them may bear witness to those I would help of Thy Power, Thy Love, and Thy Way of life. May I do Thy will always! Amen. (Third Step Prayer – Chapter 5, pg.63, The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous)