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Hot Off the Press Inspirational Thought - Thursday, August 20, 2020

The Time Out Corner

Most of us are familiar with the Time Out Corner. And even if our parents didn't adopt the Time Out Corner in their disciplinary style, we still know what it implies. You see, this is the corner where one is sent to. Nobody voluntarily goes to this corner with a smile on their face, but rather with a pout on their lips and a frown on their brow. The Time Out Corner is not a place anyone wants to be, yet while in the corner the child typically has a moment to "Think ABOUT" what he or she has done and then adjust their attitude to a more appropriate way of behaving.

Today, I feel as though ALL of us have been sent to the TIME OUT CORNER! We've been adjusting our attitudes and way that we spend our time over the past five months, and it hasn't been easy. If you are like me, you are ready to be set free from the corner. After all, we've been good. We've stopped kicking and screaming, at least I hope we have, and we have finally come to the conclusion that we will not be leaving the corner until the Lord says it is time. We can't leave a moment too soon or a moment too late. Why? Because we all have a work to do that God has assigned us to fulfill. In the corner, we've learned how to be still, how to calm down, and how to THINK about how we will behave ourselves once released. Will it be business as usual? Will we return to being busy and self-focused? Or will we be intentional about what God wants us to do.

We will never be the same. And I believe that is part of the reason why we are still in time out. My prayer is that when God does allow the release, that I will be a better child of God. That I will behave myself in a way that causes me to "increase and abound in love" "more and more" as stated in I Thessalonians 3:12 and 4:9-10. While in the corner, I'm not only allowed the time to think, but I'm also being protected from dangers seen and unseen. In the end, the "TIME IN" the corner is preparing me for the great work ahead where I will have learned to take the time to have an all out focus on the things that actually matter the most.

Be blessed, and may you intentionally and purposefully...LIVE to BE a Blessing!


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