nudging your noodle

By Pastor Mark Jordan

Don’t forget to do good and to share what you have because God is pleased with these kinds of sacrifices.” (Hebrews 13:16, CEB)

How is your memory? Mine is pretty good, though admittedly not what it used to be. It seems the more I try cramming in my noggin, the more congested my noodle gets. The reality for me is that it isn’t always about how well my brain works, but how well I let it work. Let men explain, because you may need to nudge your noodle so it can work the way God created it to.

There is a definite correlation to rest and recall. We need time to rest, which is when our brains actually sort and store information. Did you know that? This requires an intentional approach to living where you work, worship, rest, and recreate, allowing your brain and body to work in the connected way God always intended.

So back to our verse of the day. Do we really forget to do good and share, or do we get so consumed with other things, we just don’t have the time and energy to fit it all in? I think that’s probably closer to correct than flat forgetting. Busyness gives us a tunnel vision when we’re rushing hither and yon just to do that which is right in front of you. God, however, wants your attention on creation, so you can see ways to serve Him in everyday living. That’s what He wants!

Prayer: Dear Lord, help me in my daily living. I confess I get so consumed that I forget to do good, but I also admit that it isn’t just forgetting, but being so tied up with other things there isn’t the space to see all the needs and opportunities. Forgive me, and help me to remember to do all the work, worship, rest, and recreation to give my mind, body, and soul the space I need to work properly for you. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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