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My Blood Pressure Is Spiking!

Thursday, July 18, 2019

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“A year from now you may wish you had started yesterday.” – Karen Lamb

Having lived the vast majority of my life in New Jersey, where “survival of the fittest” and “dog eat dog” best describes the business climate, moving to Florida was a big adjustment. I am a “get ‘r done” kind of guy who prefers to see something accomplished “a week ago Tuesday”. However, here in the South, the attitude is more “Slow down, what’s your hurry?”

There is probably a happy medium between the two, where things still get done but without causing blood pressures to spike. In fact, I am seeking that kind of life balance as we speak.

Jesus was the Absolute Master at living a balanced, purposeful life. He never seemed to be in a hurry and yet, He accomplished everything that was on His Father’s agenda for Him (see John 17:4).

From the time He was a boy, Jesus was “about His Father’s business.” But He also waited until the timing was right before launching His earthly ministry around age 30. Throughout those three, short but extremely powerful years, He alternated between round-the-clock ministry and seeking solitude to rest and recharge His batteries… and those of His disciples. Most importantly, He always found time to pray and seek His Father’s will.

So, therein lies the recipe for you and me to lead a successful Christian life. First, adequately prepare for what lies ahead, especially spiritually. Second, seek God’s clear direction in everything you do. Third, make the most of the spiritual opportunities before you. Fourth, be sure to include some “down time” in your schedule. Fifth, keep your eye on the prize (see Philippians 3:14). Sixth, finish what you started.

Now excuse me while I put on an apron and chef’s hat, and try that recipe out for myself…

“Now it came to pass in those days that He went out to the mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.” Luke 6:12 (NKJV)

- Rev. Dale M. Glading, President

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