I just love these first few lines in the opening of Day 13:
In one day, God can provide more than someone has accumulated in a lifetime.
But if we are going to experience a miracle one day, we need to pray every day.
Too many people pray like they are playing the lottery. Prayer is more like an investment account.
And one day, if we keep making deposits every day, it will pay dividends beyond our wildest imagination.
(pg 78 – Draw the Circle)
I will be very real and honest with you guys and say that the line about playing the lottery with prayer…yeah, that describes me up until this point in my life. I can’t tell you that I have ever consistently been on my knees seeking God. I went through seasons (usually when something was going very wrong in my life or when I had a huge decision to make) where I spent more time than normal seeking God, but it never lasted. Once I made it through the rough patches, or the decision that I needed to make was done, I just went back to my everyday kind of non-urgent walk with God.
Yes, I truly love the Lord and have been doing all the things I thought I needed to do in order to serve Him. I am in church every time the doors are open. I have taught Sunday School, I have taught Bible Study, I teach Children’s Church…I even lead worship and the Choir! But, I’m afraid I have missed the mark.
I can DO all of these great things – but if I’m not seeking Him daily and getting in His Word like it’s my job, then what on earth am I doing?
I will tell you what I have been doing. I have been building my own kingdom instead of God’s. I have been more concerned about my four and no more. I have been living the typical American Christian life. But, there’s so much more.
Here’s the thing: I have been holding myself back from the best that God has by playing the lottery with my prayer and Bible time. I’m ready to start making daily deposits in this investment account.
And I’m dreaming about a vision beyond my resources.
God is messin’ me up, ya’ll.
Warning: I started reading another book today. You don’t even want me to start telling you about it…
Squirrel!! (We’ll talk about the book Interrupted on another day 🙂
He is seriously prompting me to do even CRAZIER things than normal…
Brian and I own and manage a Real Estate team. We help people buy and sell houses. My job is mainly to market the homes that we are trying to sell. We have processes and procedures in place and, for the most part, do an excellent job. Sure, we have mistakes and upset clients all the time. Btw, I don’t deal well with upset clients. I take things way too personally…blah blah blah…SHOCKER.
Sometimes clients are upset because the houses don’t sell. Duh. There are 3 houses we have right now that are gorgeous custom homes that the owners built themselves – with great custom features. All 3 of these clients have the perfect home that isn’t selling. And I’m baffled. I know we have done what we are supposed to do. I know the homes are priced in the right range. And all of these people are in situations where they really NEED to move. And it kills me.
I feel like I’m supposed to start marching around these houses and pray. I went to two of them today and I was on the verge of taking my heels off and walking the grass. I couldn’t even bring myself to do it.
Now I can’t stop thinking about it. What if I start making circles around these houses and just act as if I’m making deposits into the investment account for our business, our clients and the future owners of the home? What will it hurt? I can surely use some exercise at the least, ha!
So if you see me in Monroe, Indian Trail or Waxhaw in the coming days circling houses, you’ll know 🙂
Go make some deposits today in your investment account with God!