Daily Devotion

September 16, 2013

Doing the Right Things

“You…harvest what you plant.” Gal 6:7 CEV

George Bernard Shaw said, “People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get ahead are those who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can’t find them, they make them.” A farmer can plant anything he wants; the land doesn’t care one way or the other. Suppose he plants both wheat and poisonous hemlock. The land will return poisonous hemlock as plentifully as it does wheat. Your mind is far more fertile, but the same principle applies. It doesn’t care what kind of seeds you plant; success or failure, good or evil, anxiety or peace—what you sow returns to you. The Bible says, “If you follow your selfish desires, you will harvest destruction…if you follow the Spirit, you will harvest eternal life” (v. 8 CEV).

Success lies in your daily routine. So, get to know God better through His Word and prayer. Make up your mind to be of service to somebody every day. Tackle a problem bigger than you. Encourage everyone you meet. Take the first step toward overcoming a bad habit. Do something for somebody who can’t repay you. Change your thinking from TGIF (thank goodness it’s Friday!) to TGIT (thank goodness it’s today!). Do three things that will take you outside your comfort zone. Be thankful for what you have. Ask for help when you need it. Give God the best part of your day. The Psalmist said, “This is the day the Lord has made…rejoice and be glad in it” (Ps 118: 24 NLT). The time to be happy is now, and the place to be happy is here.