At the Crossroads 1.1

I’ve started a series of devotions for my students that I post on our student ministry blog. Thought I’d share them here, too, with a little adaptation if necessary.
I’m going to start posting some devotional thoughts here each week to encourage you to move your faith out of the walls of our regular youth group events/activities. There will be some thoughts, scriptures, and prayers for you to think about as you go through your week. Use the comments section to discuss and question – I’ll reply as quickly as I can, and feel free to reply to each other. Here’s the first edition of “At the Crossroads”…
Last night, we talked about paying attention to God. Now that I think about, I talk about paying attention to God a lot. Have you ever wondered why I harp on that subject so much?
Is it because I don’t think you’re paying enough attention to God? Maybe, in part. Imagine someone from another planet spends a day observing you to see what’s most important to you – to find out what drives you, what guides your choices. What would they see? How do you fill your time? What is it that you just “can’t miss”?
My guess is that our outside observer, based on how you spend your day, would not come to the conclusion that your Creator is most important to you. So maybe I talk so much about paying attention to God because I don’t think you do enough of it.
But to be fair, you’re not the only one. I find my own days filling themselves with a lot of stuff that’s not necessarily putting God first. Just today, I’ve dropped my kids off at school, moved some stuff around in our backyard, made a quick check on facebook, took Marshall to pick up his phone when I went to get the trailer hooked up for the trip to Turning Point tomorrow, and worked on this devotion. But I have to admit, I haven’t really stopped to hear the heartbeat of God today.
It’s a constant struggle to give our Maker the attention He deserves from us. But it’s a struggle worth fighting. Whatever you have planned right now… put it off. Go spend some time alone with God. Listen to Him. “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it…”
I’ll see you at the crossroads.

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