The Temple of Your God

April 3, 2019: 2 Kings 11; 2 Chronicles 22-24.

This is my second year using “time study” sheets. It starts at 4:00 am and ends at 9:00 pm. Every half hour I record what I did.

The morning is easy. I enter “Write” and draw an arrow down to my completion time. I can easily see my “time wasters.”

“Don’t plan without God. …‘Make every minute count,’ Ephesians 5:15-16.”

Pastor Monte Knudsen, April 3, 2019

Today I turned my time study sheet into a planning sheet. My task list is too long! There are not enough hours in a day. No wonder I rarely complete it.

And I have no breaks or downtime. Things will have to change. I may have to get creative.

“Creative thinkers:

  1. Explore every option. …Albert Einstein said, ‘Imagination is more important than knowledge.’ Why? Because it looks for new ways to put your knowledge to work.
  2. Embrace ambiguity. Creative people don’t feel the need to stamp out uncertainty.
  3. Celebrate the offbeat. Creativity explores off the beaten path.
  4. Are not afraid of failure. …They refuse to let the ideas that don’t work prevent them from coming up with ones that do.”

The Word for You Today, April 3, 2019

Joash had a plan to repair The Temple. He even implemented his plan. But it didn’t work.

2 Chronicles 24:4, “He got the priests and Levites together and said, ‘Circulate through the towns of Judah every year and collect money from the people to repair The Temple of your God. You are in charge of carrying this out!’ But the Levites dragged their feet and didn’t do anything.” The Message

Why didn’t it work? He left God out. He referred to it as the Temple of your God.

Joash never did make God his God. He feared and respected Jehoiada. But after he died Joash deserted The Temple, (2 Chronicles 24:17-18).

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I’m glad I wrote my plan in pencil. With God’s help, I will have to erase a few things!

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