(This week’s devotions are based on Sunday’s message: Win the Day…Flip the Script – LISTEN HERE)
Does it matter today?
Our celebration of the resurrection of Jesus is over a week old. As you begin another week, does Easter still make a difference?
If so, how?
The Apostle Paul expounded on the reality of the resurrection and then concluded with this thought:
58 Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. (1 Corinthians 15:58)
Because Jesus lives, we can make each day a productive day of serving the Lord.
So how come it isn’t?
I will be the first to admit that the reality and impact of the resurrection can pass all too quickly and leave us back on the hamster wheel called life with many tasks, but perhaps little satisfaction.
Our days can be filled with activity, but lack a feeling of significance or purpose. Our days can be filled with discouragement that leads us to question who we are and why we are here.
As a result, we labor little for the Lord and we struggle to win each day for the Lord.
These next weeks are to bring the impact of the resurrection to bear on each day. As Jesus won the day on Easter morning, the importance and impact of that event are to continue in each day we start.
So where do we start?
Research has shown that about 80% of a person’s thoughts are negative. Negative self-talk. Negative stories about others. Negative thoughts about perceived future events. Negative evaluations of current challenges. Negative…
Starting the day being consumed by a negative outlook is challenging to overcome everyday to experience a positive outcome.
The solution? Flip the Script…better yet, let Jesus flip the script…best…let the reality of the resurrection flip the script!
We will consider this thought all week, but perhaps today simply reflect on these questions:
If you were a follower of Jesus who saw Jesus crucified, what is the “script” that is running through your mind on Sunday morning?
If you were a follower of Jesus who saw Jesus alive on that Sunday, what is the “script” that is running through your mind Sunday when you go to bed?
What changed that script?
Prayer: Lord, forgive me for carrying stinking thinking in my mind and allowing negativity to permeate my thoughts all too often. Replace the script in my mind with the script you want me to hear every day so that, for you, I can win the day. AMEN.