make your ordinary time extra-ordinary time

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by Pastor Mark Jordan

“Fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it.” (Romans 12:2, MSG)

This week we are taking a look at how to make a deep impact with your life for God. Yesterday we explored how to make your idle time impact time, turning the ordinary moments in life into extraordinary opportunities to serve. Today I want us to consider the old saying reminding us to keep the main thing the main thing.

Let’s face it, it’s easy to get distracted. One minute you can be totally focused on something important, and you get interrupted with someone else’s urgent. That isn’t to say that someone else’s urgent shouldn’t be important, but you must discern where you need to be in order to make a deep impact. Today’s verse instructs you to keep your attention on God so you can be changed from the inside-out, and following Him so your time is impact time.

When you feel a conflict between the important and the urgent, pray. Ask God where you need to be. See if there is a way you can do both, even if it means you maneuver your schedule. Ultimately it is about asking God where you can make the most impact so you can honor Him and bless others in His name. Remember what Jesus taught in the Sermon on the Mount about using your Christ-illuminated light to shine for others, pointing them to a good and loving God (Matthew 5:16).

In a world full of interruptions, it is important to keep the main thing the main thing. You can do this with God’s help, so ask for it!

Prayer: Dear Lord, I definitely want to make a deep impact with my life. In a world where there are so many distractions, I know it is essential to keep the main thing the main thing, which is loving you and others with all I am and have. I need your wisdom and guidance to help me when I am confounded and confused, so I ask for it in Jesus’ name. Amen.