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Written By Eddie Vines

Eddie Vines is a former Jefferson county Judge and currently serves as President of Faith Fortress Ministries

10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

              Psalm 46:10

The Lord has blessed me with the opportunity to visit many countries over the years and the contrast that strikes me anew each time I return from a trip is the frantic intensity with which we Americans live our lives. The fact that we tend to be slaves to our schedules, projects and deadlines has benefitted our country in certain ways, such as the military and economic strength we enjoy, but our obsessive busy-ness has come at a cost. Our frenetic “doing” often hasn’t left time for “being”.

Even those of us who profess Christ get caught up in the proverbial rat-race and without even realizing it, we relegate our Lord and Savior to the very corners of our lives.

The fact is, spending focused time with God each morning not only honors him, it also centers and steadies us in such a way as to help us approach our daily to-do list in a more wise and efficient manner. The great reformer, Martin Luther is quoted as once having said, “I have so much to do that I shall spend the first three hours in prayer”. To contemporary ears this sounds counter-intuitive. You might ask, “If I am already short on time, isn’t spending hours in prayer only going to make things worse?”. The answer is, prayer changes our day and it changes us. A schedule that appears to be full of headaches can end up being productive and rewarding but only if we commit to making time and listening to the counsel of God. 

When we submit our daily challenges to the God who is sovereign over everything, amazing things start to happen, but it begins with being still.