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Show Up Early And Often

By Sharon Frame
This week’s topic: Time Alone With God

Would you pay $5.3 million to have lunch with stock market legend Warren Buffet? That’s exactly what a Virginia man did at an auction in 2010. He was determined to win the rare privilege to spend quality time with the financial guru, pick his brain and learn a few wealth building strategies. That time alone with Warren Buffet was a huge investment which paid off big for the hedge-fund manager. He got a job offer to help run Buffet’s $100 billion stock and bond portfolio, according to Fortune magazine.

What if we were as determined to spend time with God and as willing to pay any price to be in His company. Unlike the high-priced lunch with Buffett, it costs us nothing but time to meet God early and often. The payoff is priceless. How much “alone time” you spend in your prayer closet determines how much power you have as a Christian.

How wealthy we would be spiritually and otherwise if we were as eager to meet with God as the Virginia hedge-fund manager was to meet Warren Buffett. He sacrificed $5.3 million dollars just to have lunch with a mere mortal. Meantime, the Omnipotent Creator and Giver of Life stands in our midst with outstretched hands saying, “Come to me” early and often. And it won’t cost you a dime, just the sacrifice of your time.

Unfortunately, many people don’t see the real value of investing consistent, dedicated time with God. Yet He keeps urging us to “draw near” to Him. It’s in His presence where we find “fullness of joy.”  “Come unto me all who labor and are heavy burdened and I will give you rest,” He assured us in Matthew 11:28.

Before your day has a chance to get stressful and frustrating, go to God early and often. That was one of Jesus’ not-so-secret weapons when he was here on earth. Mark 1:35 tells us that “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.” Stealing away early and often was his routine. Why not make it yours?  Investing time with God yields priceless and everlasting dividends.

What is it you seek?  Is it direction in finding purpose? Wisdom to deal with family challenges?  Perhaps is a warm hug of reassurance that you are loved. Peace in uncertain times, business advice, a million-dollar idea?

The bible says, “You have not because you ask not.” Perhaps you ask not because you feel guilty for failing to show up early and often to spend time with God. So now you think He doesn’t want to hear from you. Nothing could be further from the truth.

We don’t need to spend a dime to spend time with God. But it’ll cost us quite a lot if you don’t. The true definition of bankruptcy is the absence of God. So be sure to go to Him early and often.

Verse of the Day“Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; And you who have no money come, buy and eat. Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.” – Isaiah 55:1

Sharon FrameSharon Frame is a former CNN anchor, Award-Winning Empowerment Speaker, a Media Coach and “Follow-Through” Expert. Her passion is to encourage and empower! Sharon’s latest book, “Wired to Win” teaches how to Plug In, Power Up and Push Through to Personal Greatness. Visithttp://www.sharonframespeaks.com.…

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