“Don’t look for shortcuts to God.
The market is flooded with surefire,
easygoing formulas for a successful life
that can be practiced in your spare time.
Don’t fall for that stuff, even though crowds of people do.
The way to life—to God!—is vigorous and requires total attention.”
-Matthew 7:13-14 [Message]

A Time to Think… “Success is on the same road as failure; success is just a little further down the road.” ―Jack Hyles (1926-2001) Pastor fought against Southern Baptist fundamentalism and created the Independent Baptist church.

A Time to Act… When you arise this morning, ask yourself and God, “Am I on the right road in my life right now? Listen as God will answer—it may be through ways you would never think of, but the wisdom of God is always true and trustworthy. 

A Time to Pray… O God, I admit it is so easy to fall for the shortcuts in life, but they wind up being deceptive and worse than I thought. Help me to seek you in those times I am worried and trying to find the quick way out. Keep me in your Word, that I may have the peace in my heart and the strength to stay on the path you have for my life. In your powerful name I ask it, AMEN.