Day Eighteen

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So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.

Genesis 1:27 NIV

Recently my wife and I purchased new cell phones and we had the opportunity to return our old phones and receive some cash for them. As we read through the instructions provided, the second to last step was “Select Factory Reset.” This action would essentially return the phone to its pristine, like-new condition. Just as it had been when it was created. No more photos, or text messages; no more call logs or internet searches. All of the junk was erased. The phone was restored.

I couldn’t help but think how much God desires us to take some time in life and allow for a “factory reset,” if you will. You see, life can get hectic and filled with junk and we can lose sight of what is truly important. Just like the phone, when we get overwhelmed with the unnecessary our pace can slow to a crawl.

Genesis, Chapter 1, tells us that we are created and designed in the image of perfection. That we were carefully crafted by a master craftsman. That you and I were meticulously fashioned long before we were ever conceived. But that can get lost in the assiduous pace of life. It can get purloined by the enemy in our weakest, most stress-filled moments. Our minds can wreak havoc when they become tired, enervated, and overwhelmed.

This is why Scripture instructs us to renew our minds, daily! We need this factory reset to keep us focused on the Father and not on the distractions of this world. When we allow the Word of God to infiltrate our entire being and bring us back to that original design, we will find that our lives function much more harmoniously than before. When it comes to our spiritual life, a factory rest can be precisely what we need to realign with the Father and transform our lives.

Father, I ask You today to fill me with Your presence. Life has become overwhelming and I seem to have lost focus of what is important. Help me to renew my mind and set my heart and sights on You. Help me to reset and come back in line with Your original design. I pray that everything that is not of You is erased from me and that I begin to see myself as You see me. Thank You for loving me. In Jesus name, I pray, Amen.