Seek First

Today is Tuesday, April 4. Twelve days until Easter.

Quote of the Day

“All my life, I always wanted to be somebody. Now I see that I should have been more specific.” ~ Jane Wagner

Word of the Day

Chatoyant ~ changing in luster or color.

Today is Walk Around Things Day. While that might sound like exercise, the real point is, if you don’t want to deal with something today, simply walk around it. Easier said than done, huh?

Opening day had mixed results. The Red Sox won their game against the Pirates, 5-3, with a fairly solid outing by Rick Porcello. He gave up 6 hits and 3 runs in 6.1 innings. The Rangers didn’t fare so well, losing to the Indians in the top of the ninth, 8-5. They held the lead for most of the game. Yu Darvish was mediocre at best, giving up 4 runs on only 4 hits, but having 5 walks. He left the game with a 5-4 lead, but Matt Bush gave up the tying run in the eight inning. They brought in Sam Dyson for the top of the ninth, who promptly gave up 3 runs and couldn’t manage to get 3 outs. I don’t blame him, though. That’s what happens when you bring in your closer in a non-save situation. Rougned Odor was the star of this game, getting two home runs in his first two at bats. He drove in 4 of the 5 runs. Carlos Gomez had the other run with a solo shot. The Rangers play again today, while the Red Sox have the day off.

Band practice was fun last night, but I’m tired this morning. And I’m way behind, now, so on to the important stuff.

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL AND PRAYERS

Open to me the gates of righteousness, that I may enter through them and give thanks to the LORD.
Psalm 118:19
Return, O LORD! How long? Have pity on your servants! 
Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. 
Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us, and for as many years as we have seen evil. 
Let your work be shown to your servants, and your glorious power to their children.

Psalm 90:13-16
Bless the LORD, O my soul! O LORD my God, you are very great! You are clothed with splendor and majesty.
Psalm 104:1
I will walk before the LORD in the land of the living.
Psalm 116:9
Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear him, on those who hope in his steadfast love, 
that he may deliver their soul from death and keep them alive in famine. 
Our soul waits for the LORD; he is our help and our shield. 
For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name. 
Let your steadfast love, O LORD, be upon us, even as we hope in you.

Psalm 33:18-22

(From Living the Message)

Matthew 6:33 is a very popular verse in Christian circles. In the ESV, it says, But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Eugene Peterson reminds us of all the things that we tend to distract ourselves when it is really God we should be seeking. “Money, or sex, or work, or children, or parents, or a political cause, or an athletic competition, or learning . . .” The list could go on and on. When we are searching for something with meaning, something important, something that will give us direction, all of those things will only provide temporary fulfillment. We should seek God first. All other things will fall in line if we do that.

Here’s Matthew 6:33 in The Message: Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.

Father, help me to do this today.
Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.

Grace and peace, friends.

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