Read: 2 Timothy 2:3-4

Memory Verse: I Timothy 1:18

This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them mightest war a good warfare.

You don’t see many U-hauls on the battlefield. When a soldier or a sailor packs up for deployment there are many things he will leave behind. You have to determine what the true essentials of life are when you will be spending the next 6 months limited to a few dozen square feet of space or what you can carry on your back for miles through the dirt and mud for weeks and months at a time.

We should thank God for all of the “stuff” that we have, but life “consisteth not in the abundance of the things which” we possess. (Luke 12:14) God has promised to provide us with food and raiment (Matthew 6:25-34) and more if we would “seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33)

Take time each day to determine what the important things of life are and thank God for providing them for you. Is there something that is not necessary for today and you can do without? It may be that you should get rid of it entirely or just put it away for a while to focus on that which is more important.

Meditation for the Day: How can you make your life less cluttered? What is “entangling” your life and keeping you from “pleasing the Lord”?

Assignment: Pick out five things and put them into a box for one month. At the end of that month decide whether or not you really need them.

For Fun: Go through your clothes and get rid of three items that you no longer wear, need, or are inappropriate.