"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving." Colossians 3:23-24
These verses are one of my husband's favorite. Sometimes his job can be quite stressful, and he uses this scripture as a reminder of where his focus needs to be. I too was reminded of these verses today, as I was reading a book from my friend's bookshelf.
I came across this quote in Charles Stanley's book entitled, A Touch of His Joy. "A cellist who practices each day is freer to perform in concert than the person who dreams of the stage, but never prepares." It made me think.
Lately I have been feeling God's prompting to be writing. So I have faithfully been writing something, almost every day for the past few weeks. Surprisingly that through this act of obedience, I find myself eager each day to get words down on paper (or computer). The process of writing has become easier, the more that I practice it. If the day continues into late afternoon and I haven't had the opportunity to write, I find my mind whirling and my fingers itching to record what has been stirring in my brain.
But isn't this how it should be when we are faithfully following the Lord? When He gives us an assignment, at first it may be hard. We have to think hard, or we may forget the path we are to traveling. However the more that we follow and serve in an area, the easier it should become...more like second nature.
Every morning before I get out of bed I reach for my Bible to do devotions. Years of consistently doing this has made it a habit that is easy to continue. I don't need to worry about finding time to be with the Lord, because it is already programmed into my day.
Another example is faithfully tithing. This is something my husband and I have done regularly all twenty-two years of our married life. I don't have to think twice about writing that check each week to go into the offering plate at church.
I believe that God desires for us to learn faithful habits. Many should be the same for us as Christians, but there will be some that are specific for you and your situation. For me, it is being consistent with my writing. It has been a joy to be back in this process again.