My friend, may I ask you a question? Do you find that each day draws you farther away from thoughts of God as life’s dailiness consumes you? And it isn’t long before prayers become less frequent and time spent in worship becomes rare? Perhaps it’s time to become more bullish when it comes to God?

My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.

How much time did you spend yesterday thinking about eternity? It’s hard thinking about a place that you’ve never seen and is pretty difficult to picture in the first place. We’re on our way and someday we’ll get there. Perhaps that’s enough to think about for now. Then again, since each new dawning day could very well be our last, it’s probably a good idea to put some thought of eternity into it. Now, some of us do have an advantage. We’re older and, in theory, closer to it. Perhaps we’ve brushed with serious illness a few times giving us a different perspective altogether? Still, even those of us who fit those categories are probably not focused on eternity that often either. Nevertheless, whether old or young, sick or healthy, it probably makes some sense to set apart some of our precious time every day to devote to thinking about our relationship with God and his eternal plan for us.

Unfortunately, we might find that each day draws us farther away from thoughts of our God as life’s dailiness consumes us. It isn’t long before prayers become less frequent and time spent in worship becomes rare.

Here’s a story. Recently National Geographic ran an article about the Alaskan Bull Moose. The males of the species battle for dominance during the fall breeding season; literally going head-to-head with antlers crunching together as they collide. Often the antlers, their only weapon, are broken. That ensures defeat. The heftiest moose, with the largest and strongest antlers, triumphs. Therefore, the battle fought in the fall is really won during the summer, when the moose eat continually. The one that consumes the best diet for growing antlers and gaining weight will be the heavyweight in the fight. Those that eat inadequately sport weaker antlers and less bulk. They end up losing the battles. (Craig Peterson)

There’s a lesson here for us. Spiritual battles await us. Satan will choose a season for attack. Will we be victorious, or will we fall? Much depends on what we do now–before the wars begin. The bull-moose principle: Enduring faith, strength, and wisdom to face life’s trials are best developed before they’re needed. Today would be a good day to tackle a healthy climb up the “hill of the Lord.” It won’t be easy and there will be times that you slip and fall back into the valley of complacency. But, don’t let that bother you. Your job is to climb. The more you strive for spiritual health by improving your prayer life, devoting time to God and God alone, serving one another and worshipping, the higher up that hill you’ll get. Let God draw you up with his own hands. Make your goal to stand in his presence every day, atop the hill of spiritual health and wellbeing. Be a climbing Christian and don’t be afraid to fall. Eternity isn’t too far off and that’s a tumble where there’s no recovery.

We pray. Heavenly Father, cover my mind with the helmet of your salvation, reminding me constantly that I am your child and the enemy can’t mess with me. Fix my thoughts, Lord Jesus, on what is true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, and admirable. Help me to think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise so your peace will guard my mind.” In Jesus name we pray. Amen! (https://www.crosswalk.com/faith/prayer/prayers/5-prayers-to-pray-against-satanic-attack.html–adapted)

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

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<markcbrunner@thispassingday.com> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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