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January 4, 2022


“Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship.” (Romans 12:1)

For several years I periodically rode with a friend who was a private pilot. He flew small planes and we would travel together, covering many miles in our very rural state much more quickly than with a car. After several flights I learned that approaching our destination airport, he would always get important weather information: wind speed and direction, temperature, visibility and barometric pressure. 

On one flight, I asked “why barometric pressure?”  He showed me the altimeter and its manual adjustment for barometric pressure. Entering the correct pressure for the approaching airport, calibrated the altimeter so he would have an accurate reading of the altitude for our upcoming landing.

Over the years I have discovered that I often need times of spiritual calibration. Maybe my emotions have been overpowering. Maybe I have battled temptation frequently. Maybe my thought life has been especially angry or ugly. Maybe I have been caught in a cycle of discouragement. No matter the spiritual trauma, I have learned that the key verse above is a great “recalibration” of my life.

Offering myself afresh to God gets me back on track. It dims my circumstances and resets my priorities. I never doubt that God receives me when I come in this humble act of worship. What wonderful peace and confidence that recalibration brings!

Question: As 2022 gets going, is it time for a spiritual recalibration?

Challenge: Don’t wait for things to fall apart; a daily offer of our bodies to the Lord is one way to keep growing spiritually.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thanks that no matter how badly I’m out of sorts, You always receive the humble offer of my life because I come “in Christ.”

Dude Garrett, Chapel Leader -- Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks

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