During a recent fast, I struggled with giving up tea. It’s so soothing and since I don’t drink coffee, it’s my warm drink of choice. When I decided to fast, I didn’t realize that I would be required to give up tea so it was quite an adjustment for me and my body. I never knew that a person could experience caffeine withdrawal from green tea but I discovered this very quickly. I felt tired and weak, and I struggled with caffeine withdrawal headaches. By day 3 of the fast, I was beyond uncomfortable and I wanted the pain to cease immediately. However, just as I began to ponder how I would ever survive one month without tea, I felt a nudge in my spirit say “how will you survive without me?”
Whatever we desire, whatever we aspire to do, whatever we want to achieve…must include Jesus. The world can give us many things, but only one person can give us life to experience those things.
Today, my encouragement to each of us is a short declaration: “In all that I do and aspire to achieve, I will remember that nothing in the world matters if I don’t first have you. Nothing in this world is meaningful if it doesn’t include you. I know that I cannot survive if I don’t have you. You are my God; I will live to honor you.”
Reflection: Are there areas of my life that I could make an effort to include God in? Are there decisions in my life that need God’s presence today?
Prayer: God, come into my life and lead me in the direction where you desire for me to go. I abandon my will so that your will can be perfected in my life. Show me how to rely on you for everything that my heart desires.
Scripture: “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5) (New Living Translation).