Pursue righteous, faith, love and peace,
along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
2 Timothy 2:22
Clean your plate. It was my mother's 11th Commandment. Obedience to this order came with big rewards...and I'm not just referring to an expanded waistline.
Cleaning your plate meant you got to eat desert.
Cleaning your plate meant favored child status.
A clean plate was a happy plate and I delighted to make my parents pleased. Today when my plate gets full, my first reaction is to clean it. A clean plate is a happy plate.
We chase joy as we whack activities from our schedule.
We dart after peace as we organize our desk or scrub our floors.
We hunt contentment as we slash responsibilities from our life.
As we clean our plates, we take the first step toward freedom from over commitment. In the elusive quest to get more out of life, cleaning our plates is not enough. An orderly life gives us a framework to honor God but it does not draw us closer to His heart.
We need to step out of our busy schedules and into the presence of God.
When we pursue Him, joy chases us.
When we pursue Him, peace darts into our hearts.
When we pursue Him, contentment hunts us.
There is a bigger reward than cleaning your plate.
If you stepped out of your busy schedule and into His presence, what do you think you'd experience?