Momentum for Life–DRIVE
Quite a few years ago now I read a book that included an acronym with the word DRIVE. The acronym was cute but also useful to me in determining my priorities for a new year, plus helping me to keep a balance between my spiritual, physical, spiritual, social and intellectual goals.
Over the next week or so, I would like to ‘jog’ my way through the acronym. Today people may have an aversion to the word ‘drive’ because it implies someone who may be ‘driven’, but honestly, I don’t think being driven is such a bad thing, especially if by ‘driven’ we mean one who is passionate about life and about a cause that is valuable.
Think of this acronym DRIVE as five daily practices that give us momentum for life. Here are two truths worth pondering: God can’t steer a parked car, and God does not will greater things for some than others. God seems to work with those people who release the brake and put their life in drive. This acronym DRIVE, stands for five daily activities I train myself to practice every day. If I am going to make positive progress in life with God and people, and myself, I need to be relentless about these five practices.
We’ll begin today with the D in DRIVE.
D is the daily practice of Devotion. The daily practice of devotion is a lot more than sitting down for ten minutes and doing bible study or following a ‘devotional’ of some kind.
Devotion is the practice of being fully aware of God’s presence and being fully present to God. It is one thing to do little religious activities, but Jesus said, “Where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in your midst.” God is always speaking, always present, but most of the time because of busyness, distractions, and temptations, I miss him.
A couple of scriptures inform this practice of devotion.
In Jeremiah 30:21 for who is he who will devote himself
to be close to me?’
declares the LORD.
And the psalmist David said in Psalm 27:4, I’m asking God for one thing,
only one thing:
To live with him in his house
my whole life long.
I’ll contemplate his beauty;
I’ll study at his feet.
And if this post stirs you to ‘devote yourself to get closer to God use the following song “Mighty to Save” to express your devotion.