I was volunteering at church recently and needed to make a few copies for one of the projects I was working on. Of course, as soon as it was my turn the toner ran out. After replacing the toner, we had to wait for the copier to “warm up”. If you have ever used a copier you know that after every paper jam, toner change and start or stop it needs to warm up. So, making 6 copies took 15 or 20 minutes, but I got it done and they looked great with the new toner.
The path of the righteous is like the morning sun, shining ever brighter till the full light of day.
But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know what makes them stumble.Proverbs 4:18-19
I like the concept of warming up. It is very beneficial to the person taking the “warm up” and even though it can take time and be frustrating for others while they wait for a response or action they benefit as well. I wish this function came naturally to me, but it takes a conscious effort on my part to stop – pause – take it to God and then respond or react.
We live in a fast pace world that never slows down. If we are going to change that for ourselves and those we care about – we have to make it happen. How would things change if we hit the “warm up” button and found time for God daily? What if we paused and asked for God’s direction and guidance in all we did and said? What if we sat still to hear God’s whisper daily? What if we pushed the “warm up” button before we responded with words or actions?
Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. James 1:26
If we develop the self-discipline to take it all to God first think of how our marriages and parenting would improve, our friends would benefit and most importantly our relationship with the Lord would blossom.
She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. Proverbs 31:26