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Watch your step!

When Hiking (or, even around my yard, as we have dogs come in to it often), it's important to watch where you step. There could be snakes, a plant that does not need to be trampled upon, or even some left over surprise from a dog or wild animal on the trail. I've learned over the years, it's important to make sure you're not spoiling the surrounding countryside when you're out enjoying God's artistry in the wilderness.

The other half of it is this as well: step where you're supposed to when you're supposed to. At times, I'm a hopeless procrastinator. Yesterday (Monday, June 3rd...even though this is the June 3rd blog), I procrastinated in my Bible Study, with this devotion, and other things, and I had a hand in not only throwing my day off, but also the days of those spending the day with me. I even procrastinated on my rest, and it cost! I didn't do my study, I didn't do my devotion, I didn't rest as much as I should have. It cost me a lot, and I woke up this morning feeling the effects of not devoting myself to Rest in the way God would have me do so.

No matter what we do, we need to make sure that we're making the most of our time for Christ. Where we step, so to speak, is important and can have an impact on everything else we do. We need to be deliberate and intentional in everything we do, submitting it fully to Christ, and making the most of all the time He gives us, seeking His wisdom, His glory, and His Kingdom in all things! Yes, even fun and entertainment can be Holy, if we seek His Holiness in our lives! So I guess what I'm saying is, on your spiritual journey with Christ, WATCH YOUR STEP! Ephesians 5:1-21 English Standard Version (ESV)

Walk in Love

5 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. 2 And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

3 But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. 4 Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. 5 For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. 6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. 7 Therefore do not become partners with them; 8 for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light 9 (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), 10 and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. 11 Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. 12 For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. 13 But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, 14 for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says,

“Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”

15 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, 19 addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, 20 giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, 21 submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.

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