Just One Thing

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As homemakers, there is hardly ever one thing that we need to get done in a day. Well, let me re-word that. There is NEVER one thing that we need to get done in a day. But the one thing I want to pass on to you is a little something I read in my Robert Morgan book that I think will really inspire you as you whisper ‘I love you’ in your home.

Zeal in Christianity is a burning desire to please God, to do His will, and to advance His glory in the world in every possible way. This desire is so strong when it really reigns in a person it impels them to make any sacrifice, to go through any trouble, to deny themselves anything, to suffer, to work, to labor, to toil, to spend themselves and be spent, and even to die, if only they can please God and honor Christ.

A zealous person in Christianity is preeminently a person of one thing. It is not enough to say they are earnest, strong, uncompromising, meticulous, wholehearted, and fervent in spirit. They only see one thing, they care for one thing, they live for one thing, they are swallowed up in one thing: and that one thing is to please God.

They have a passion for one thing, and that one thing is to please God and advance His glory. If they are consumed in the very burning of their passion for God, they don’t care; they are content. The feel that, like a candle, they were made to burn.

The phrase “one thing” is a beautiful and biblical call to a life of priority and purpose.

One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I see: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in His temple. – Psalm 27:4

This one thing I know: God is for me! – Psalm 56:9

One thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 3:13-14

Just one thing: Live your life in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. – Philippians 1:27

Living in one-day segments of obedience doesn’t mean we fail to plan tomorrow’s work. We need to seek God’s guidance for the long haul, dream about our futures, set our objectives, establish our goals, and plan our calendars.

“We’re grateful for our memories, but our dreams should be greater than our memories. Our best work is yet to come.” ~ David Jeremiah

So here’s what I’m thinking…

Just for today let’s be pleasantly productive. From dusting a shelf, to teaching a child a history lesson, to running errands, to getting that roast going in the crockpot, let’s do all sorts of things with the intent of pleasing God.

Just for today, let’s be faithful in the big and small things.

Just for today let’s choose to be joyful and to live for Jesus.

Just for today let’s be about our Father’s business with zeal because as a child of God we never awaken to a day unplanned by heaven or unattended by the Lord.

So, let’s roll out of bed knowing we have a divine day ahead of us, and then…….let’s do it all again tomorrow. We can plan on it!

John Maxwell has said, “If we want to do something with our lives, then we must focus on today. The secret to success is determined by our daily agenda. We will never change our life until we change what we do daily.” He also claims that he can predict who will or will not be successful simply by following them for a day or two and studying their daily agenda.

So, what’s the secret in being a successful homemaker? Wife? Mother? Friend? Teacher? Co-worker? The secret to being effective and efficient is this one thing:

God has a specific purpose for your life and mine, and when we turn aside from all else to follow God’s plan, we then synchronize with the sacred. Our Heavenly Father has brought us into the family business, and that’s what our lives must be about.

When you look at the photo of the nail, Psalm 56:9 says, “This one thing I know: God is for me.” Jesus knew His Father was for Him. He kept that one thing before Him day after day as He faced betrayal, scorn, lies, mockery, and as He walked the road to Calvary. He knew through every shout of praise and through every cry of, “Crucify,” that the one thing keeping Him zealous all the way to the cross was  – “God is for me!” 

When we believe God is for us, and I mean we really believe “GOD IS FOR ME”, the settling power of that one truth removes so much stress and reminds us Who is really in charge – and it isn’t us. When we really believe “God is for me” then it won’t matter who is not. When we really believe “God is for me”, we’ll begin to understand even more that there is NO condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.  (Romans 8:1) When we really believe “God is for me“, then we can hold our heads up, look forward into our days and zealously get busy about our Father’s business while focused on the one thing – pleasing Him – and that sends throughout the walls of our home whispers of ‘I love you’ … every. single. time.

If you know someone who, today in their life, just does not believe God is for them, what would you tell them?


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  1. Tammy on February 25, 2015 at 5:45 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing Lisa ! This is right in line with what God has been saying to me. I have to let go of the past in order to move forward in my walk with Christ. Also to take it one day at a time.

  2. Lisa Rippy on February 25, 2015 at 10:48 pm

    It’s so true…here’s a verse for you, “God is within her, she will not fall. God will help her at break of day,” Psalm 46:5. “At break of day” means….just one day at a time. 🙂

  3. Libby Williams on February 26, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    When we focus on just one thing at a time, we are choosing to exhibit the fruit of the Spirit. There is an out working of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control. This is coming from one who is somewhat ADD Thank you for stirring me up to focus on one thing at a time…I love how you based it solely on God’s Word. Thank you sweet friend! I do love you so!

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