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Welcome to the JCPC Daily Reflections Blog. Reflections are daily devotionals authored by JCPC pastors, staff and members and provide insight, guidance and comfort to help you make it through each day. If you’d like to receive Reflections each day via email,  provide your email address.

Tuesday, June 22 2021

All of the decisions and plans that happen during the busy seasons of the year can feel like a huge mountain to climb. In an effort to encounter these times with a different mindset, I began to ask myself these questions:

  • Do you feel that each day is overscheduled?
  • Have you ever had to collect your scattered self so that you could make an important decision?
  • Do you ever lay awake at night thinking about all you have to do?
  • Do you ever ask why your life is so full?

Simplicity may sound like an oasis in the desert during this time of year. I look forward to days when I can return to the high desert of New Mexico exploring the landscapes and religious communities near Abiqui, New Mexico and Ghost Ranch Presbyterian Retreat Center.

My time there reminded me that living simply is not about deciding to get your life under control but about giving control of your life to God.

I think that in times like these, God calls us to assess our situation and take some time to retreat for a few hours, a day, or a weekend to reflect and prepare for all that the busy seasons of the year require. I would invite you to reflect on when Jesus talks about wealth and worries in Matthew 6, his message is simple: seek God, trust God, and receive God.

How can we live simply in a consumer-focused culture?

In the midst of all of the busyness, how can we focus our lives on seeking God, trusting God and receiving God?

How might these responses effect the way we enter into this day or the next busy season of our lives?

This fall we will offer retreats to Amicalola Falls Lodge in the North Georgia Mountains. Our Men’s Retreat will be September 24-26 and our Women’s Retreat will be November 19-21. Please set aside time to join us for one of these weekends to retreat, recalibrate, and be renewed.

Prayer for Today

Gracious God, may we who have plenty live simply. Guide us so that we will seek you, trust you and receive you each day. Amen.

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