Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. Simon and his companions went to look for him, and when they found him, they exclaimed: “Everyone is looking for you!” Jesus replied, “Let us go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.” So he traveled throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons.  Mark 1:35-39

Daily Best Practice

Where does your time go on a day to day basis? If you’re like me, every day is a struggle to stay above the water in an ocean of competing events, agendas, and activities that present themselves as urgent. Not a day goes by that someone or something demands my time. If I am not careful, I can easily get to the end of the day and find myself discouraged that I did everything but what I set out to do that day. And time is the great equalizer because everyone has the same amount of time, but not everyone spends it the same way. When Jesus came down as flesh, He subjected Himself to the same limits of time as any man would experience.

The way Jesus spent His time should impress on us a best practice.

You’ll observe one best practice and one supporting activity from the passage in Mark chapter 1.  Jesus’ best practice was to stay on mission. When the urgency of His disciples presented itself, His response was His mission. And then He followed through. How easy it is for any man to cave under the pressure of the day, yet the Perfect Man models the perfect response. State the mission and follow through, regardless of the circumstances. You will also notice that He began His day in prayer. Behind His resolute resolve, Jesus connected with the Father. This undergirded His endeavor and was a best practice, all the way up to the cross.

DO THIS TODAY: Pray and ask God to help you stay on mission.

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