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New Life daily devotion - May. 11, 2011

  • 2011 May 11


Being Before Doing
Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations.  I will be exalted in the earth.                                                              Psalm 46:10

Filling our lives with activity and busyness puts us in dangerous territory.  Aside from making us emotionally frazzled and physically exhausted, it’s also threatening to make us both intellectually and spiritually deficient.

I’m not suggesting you live a passive life.  Nor am I suggesting there’s a dichotomy between being and doing.  But I am suggesting there’s a priority.  Why?

  • Doing creates and perpetuates the myth that we’re in control; being acknowledges that God’s in control.
  • Doing commits us to safety; being acknowledges that the Christian life is one of faith—and that means one of risk.
  • Doing engenders spiritual pride; being produces humility.
  • Doing is about correcting behavioral patterns; being is about spiritual renewal through knowing God.
  • Doing is about reactionary response; being is about thoughtfully, prayerfully, and intentionally bringing what the Bible teaches to bear upon every aspect of life.

What are you “being” as you live your life doing?

“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” - John Lennon (1940-1980)


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