First Look Within

First Look Within

As leaders, we are often outwardly focused. We see things that need to be done, people that need to be directed, challenged, and encouraged. We see situations requiring input and direction. To be effective in what God calls us to do, we need to focus inwardly before trying to exert our influence. Time to worship, to acknowledge God as the source of life, and the One whom we seek to please; time to allow Him to minister to our souls and recalibrate our hearts; time to hear His wisdom and direction; these are essential practices. Exalting God inwardly leads to exalting God outwardly.

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”—Psalm 46:10

Prayer: O Lord, still our anxious thoughts. Tune our hearts to Your presence, Your Spirit, Your greatness and goodness, Your power and sovereignty. Be exalted in, through, and among us, we pray in Jesus’ name, amen.