The Christian Public Servant – “awake from a selfish sleep”

January 15, 2016 – Friday

Psalm 37:4 (NLT) Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires.

For some time, I was praying for things my heart desired. Not big things, like a trip to Disney Land, but a lot of things. I desired more time alone – in quiet, away from the shouting talk that goes on and on between men in cells on my row. I desired working as a “runner” so I could get out of my cell and walk around more. I desired nicer weather so I could go outside. I desired something else to eat other than what was on my tray. Yes, my heart desired a lot of things that were all about me.

It’s funny. Many people like Psalm 37:4, and but they forget the first part of the verse. Delighting in the Lord is key to Him giving you your heart’s desires.

So very early one morning last week, God shook me out of bed like an alarm clock you don’t want to go off. He left the first part of that verse ringing in my heart. I realized I had been concerned with just my own selfish heart’s desires. I was taking delight in me and not Him. You know, give me this and give me that because those things make me happy.

And now I am awake from a selfish sleep.

When you delight in yourself, all you get are worldly desires. The kind that come and go so quickly and never quench the need in your heart. But when you delight in our Lord, you get Godly desires. The kind that last forever and take away all need.

So, as you prepare for work this morning, will you also awake from a selfish sleep? Will your hopes, dreams, and even prayers be about Him and not you? Which will it be – Godly desires or worldly desires? Delight in yourself throughout the workday or delight in the Lord?

It’s up to you. But the alarm is going off.

Will you awake from a selfish sleep?

Father, in the name of Jesus, I pray. Change my worldly desires to Your desires. Let me delight only in You. Remind me of the reason You let me wake up this morning. Remind me of what You need of me today. Amen.

Jimmy Davis, Jr.
Z-557 Unit N-10
Death Row
Holman Correctional Facility
Atmore, Alabama USA

One thought on “The Christian Public Servant – “awake from a selfish sleep”

  1. Thank you, once again, Jimmy. Once again, your words hit straight to my heart, straight to my gut, straight to my soul. Thank you for sharing.


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