Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Rule of Five

Rule of Five By Stephanie H.

James 2:17 “Faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.”

Do you ever want to tackle spring cleaning your home but you have a long list of excuses?  Is it perfection, lack of inspiration, lack of resources, waiting for the kids to leave home?  Too often we wait on everything to be just right before we “move.”  Over & over in the Bible God sends people out with a lack of resources or what they perceive to be a perfect plan, but we learn repeatedly that God works through His people anyway.  In Matthew 15:29-39, He multiplied a boy’s lunch consisting of seven loaves of bread and 2 fish to feed 5 thousand hungry people.

2 Thessalonians 1:11 “So we keep on praying for you, asking our God to enable you to live a life worthy of his call. May he give you the power to accomplish all the good things your faith prompts you to do.”  Sometimes God may be calling us to give up things of this world.  What is it that God is asking you to give up or get rid of?

A teacher named Scolastico said, “If you would go everyday to a very large tree and take five swings at it with a very sharp axe, eventually, no matter how large the tree, it would come down.”  We can take this “rule of five” and apply it to our homes.  Every day choose five tasks that need to be done or things to get rid of.  As this gets easier, you can add more tasks to your daily list.  If you have no idea where to start, pray 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 back to the Lord.  Lord, help me to lead an orderly and productive life.  I know this is an important witness and I want to bring glory to your name.

Challenge:  Ask the Lord what is holding you back from spring cleaning and what He wants you give up.

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