It’s finally Friday – also the first Friday of April – also Good Friday, a very special day for those like me of the Christian faith. While it’s also called Black Friday, this day before Easter weekend is most commonly known as Good Friday. Why would the suffering of Jesus and His horrific death by crucifixion make this GOOD Friday? Because…His death was the substitute that paid for our sins; His obedience and subsequent resurrection paved the way for our salvation.This particular Good Friday also happens to be my middle daughter’s 28th birthday! Makes me feel even older to realize that my two oldest “kids” are now in their 30s, and my two youngest are in their mid 20s…AND I have two grandchildren now!
Onto today’s devotional shares–ironically on a similar theme, which always gets my attention! Remember, you can read Psalms and Proverbs to accompany each day at my page, Daily Scripture Readings.
“Everything that looks good is not good, and a wise person will take time to examine things thoroughly. If you think about it, what looks good is sometimes the enemy of what is best. There may be lots of good opportunities for you…but that doesn’t mean that each opportunity is the best choice for you.
We should choose the more excellent things and not merely settle for another good thing. I encourage you to take time to think about things. Remember that ‘a calm and undisturbed mind and heart are the life and health of the body’ (see Proverbs 14:30). Don’t be hasty!
Pray: Lord, I realize that not everything that glitters is gold. Give me a calm mind that refuses to be hasty when opportunities come my way. I want to be doing the best I can do. Amen.”
–Joyce Meyer in “The Confident Woman Devotional”
“The Father has sent us a Counselor–the Spirit of Truth–Who teaches us all things (see John 14:16-17, 26). As we stay sensitive to God’s leading, He will direct us. If we pray before speaking, the Lord will keep us from over-committing our time, and from misleading people.
Jesus took time to listen to the Father before speaking. God will also give us ‘a word in due season’ for somebody (see Provers 15:23), if we listen for His input before we give what we may think is a right answer. God will give us the right words to say if we expectantly listen for His direction before we speak.”
–Joyce Meyer in “Starting Your Day Right”
-1- It always amazes me when two devotional thoughts written years apart from one another occur on the same day in the respective devotional books, and are on the same theme! Not settling for just anything, pondering that phrase “good is sometimes the enemy of what’s best” –and striving for excellence rather than average, seeking the best opportunities rather than just another good one. I can so relate to this especially with accepting freelance jobs!
-2- And likewise in this one – seeking God’s leading for what is best for our lives, rather than just whatever comes along. The other statement that jumped out at me was about not over-committing our time and unintentionally misleading people when we can’t keep up or follow through. I recognize this as a frequent problem and stronghold in my life–one I need to overcome!
So what are YOUR thoughts? Do you see the similarity between themes? Do you agree or have you experienced choosing a “good” opportunity only to find out it was the enemy of a better or best opportunity?
Do you have a tendency to over-commit yourself and your time, only to find out you can’t honor the commitment you made?
**For all those who celebrate it–
May you have a wonderful Easter weekend! **