Daily Devotional – 1/4/18 “CTRL + X”

You know how, sometimes, you can be writing something and when you read over it, there is a word or phrase that doesn’t quite fit? When that happens you can choose to delete that which doesn’t fit or you can use CTRL + X to cut it. Well, as I was thinking about this, sometimes you have to CTRL + X some folk and stuff out in order to balance. Now, here is where I need you to pay attention. Notice I didn’t say delete but I said CTRL + X and I’ll tell you why there is a difference. There will be some times when people and stuff will not fit your NOW but it does not mean they won’t fit your LATER. Think about it. You have a friend who is loud and has a filthy mouth. He/She hasn’t quite figured out how to use their inside voice or how to control their emotions. They will shoot off on social media, call folk and be ready to fight and will show up. Then there is you, who is starting a business, trying to build clientele and maintain your reputation. As you survey the situation, you realize this person needs to be CTRL + X. He/She doesn’t fit your now. But you’ve kept in touch because you’re both still friends and a little while later, they’ve matured and changed. They no longer show up at your business functions acting a fool. Unlike before, they add balance now and all you have to do is CTRL + V because you only cut them, temporarily instead of deleting them permanently.

Please understand me, sometimes the cut you’ll have to make will hurt like you wouldn’t believe. It may be a close friend or family member but let us be honest. Sometimes in order to survive and keep your sanity, you may have to CTRL + X some things that do not balance out your now. It doesn’t mean you love them any less. This doesn’t mean you think you are better than they are but that CTRL + X may save your life. When you have high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease; you have to cut some stuff out in order to survive. After you’ve gotten things under control, you might be able to add back a little of what you cut out, in moderation. Because although it doesn’t fit your now, it may just work in your later. Ecclesiastes 3:1, “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.” What are you holding on too that needs to be cut from this season? What/Who are you looking at, you know don’t balance yet you’re afraid to cut? Yes, it hurts but the good thing about CTRL+X (cut) is, you can CTRL + V (paste) when the time comes.

Published by Pastor LaKisha

LaKisha Johnson is an author of thirty Christian Fiction novels, devotionals and journals. She writes from her heart, as she hopes the messages, on the pages, will relate to every reader.  Ask her and she’ll tell you, ”It’s not just writing, its ministry.” Over the course of her career, she’s won the 2018 Drunken Druid Book of the Year Award for her book, The Forgotten Wife, 2019 Top Shelf Christian Fiction Book of the Year for Dear God: Hear my Prayer, 2020 Distinguished Authors Guild Award for her book, I’m Not Crazy and was a 2020 TopShelf Women’s Fiction Finalist for her book, When the Vows Break. In addition to being a self-published author, she’s also a wife of 22 years, mother of 2, Asst. Pastor of Macedonia MB Church in Hollywood, MS; Sr. Business Analyst with FedEx, Devotional Blogger and more. She’s a college graduate with 2 Associate Degrees in IT and a Bachelor of Science in Bible.   LaKisha writes from the heart, and this is why she doesn’t take the credit for what God does. If you were to strip away everything, you’d see that Lakisha is simply a woman who boldly, unapologetically and gladly loves and works for God.

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