Posted by: Larry Hoekman | December 26, 2015

Christmas — Twas the Day After Christmas!

Day 2230: May the Spirit of Christmas be real in your hearts daily!

Scripture: On the other hand, discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness – I Timothy 4:7b

Thoughts/questions: Tis the day after Christmas . . .  Tis the day after a spiritual high . . .  Tis the day after a commitment made at a retreat or camp . . . Oh that dreaded day after!

Coming down from a close encounter with God often seems to be out of our control. We spiral downward; slowly at first, but continually our spirits ebb.

2 things: 1) Highs are worth the ‘day after’ and we should not be discouraged that we cannot live there daily. 2) as today’s verse indicates, we are to discipline ourselves! Some of the extreme ebb and flows of our lives can be greatly reduced by a consistently disciplined lifestyle.

Now is a great time of year to commit to increasing the discipline in our lives! This is a continual struggle, but one worth the continual effort! As a follower of Christ, let us follow closely, not from afar!!!

Suggested prayer: Almighty God, it is no longer Christmas Day, but help me to stay close to You each and every day . . .

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