I just read one of the best books I have read all year… at the end of this year.  And I have to say that Bill Hybels’ Simplify: Ten Practices to Unclutter Your Soul is the perfect resource for the New Year.

My favorite quote was when the author described his prayer life by saying, “Every morning around 5:30, I climb out of bed and get directly on my knees for prayer.  If I don’t do this, I’m too apt to become distracted with “doing” and never return to prayer.  After I pray, I spend time in a favorite chair, or in the unhurried setting of my home office, where I open God’s Word and invite its wisdom into my soul.  I write in my journal, asking myself hard questions about my actions.  What sin pattern is God illuminating in me that warrants confession and a change?  What relationships need repair?  Where is God inviting me to grow?  What opportunities does He want me to say yes to?  Where is he praising me for a job well done?” (71).

What would a “God-First Schedule” look like in your context and calendar?


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