The following thoughts are from Sammy M. Gumbe on the Upper Room Devotional. They resonate with me at times and often use these words as a reminder to stay on track and focus on God. Hearing His voice is the key to successful spiritual formation.
"The two disciples walking on the road to Emmaus were so busy in their thoughts and in their discussion that they did not recognize Jesus when he began to walk with them. How this story reminds me of my walk with Jesus!
"As a Christian leader and trainer, I often find myself extremely busy in ministry, training ministers in spiritual formation and Christian leadership. Recently, though, I have realized that in doing so much work "in the name of God," I have neglected a basic element in my own life of faith: intimacy with God and growth in my personal spiritual formation.
"When we become busy in our "doing" for God and forget to spend time in God's presence with scripture and prayer, we will find ourselves becoming tired and frustrated with our work. In our ministry for Christ, we miss Christ's ministry to us.
"I have learned that I need to have intimate times with God constantly, even as I go about doing things for God. My Christian service has changed for the better as I have prayed, 'Lord, help me and lead me as I daily serve you'."
May we never forget to listen for His voice and His character in our lives. You know I love ya, Don