It’s amazing that even today, surrounded as we are by satellite technology, there are still places on planet Earth that remain unexplored and uncharted.

And some, more amazingly still, remain unclaimed.

Such as Marie Byrd Land, named after the Admiral’s wife. It’s located in West Antartica and covers an area of 620,000 square miles. Though it has been partially explored, no sovereign nation has laid claim it.

I guess that means it’s up for grabs. If you’re looking for a new place to call your own, keep it in mind. Especially if you like cool weather. Summertime averages around 14 Farenheit. Winter is a bit cooler, they say.

I can think of yet another territory that remains unexplored, uncharted, and even unclaimed.

It’s the week that lies ahead. *Your week. You can claim it as your own and make of it what you want.

As a new Monday comes our way, a new world of opportunity opens up for each of us.
Just as we begin each new year with a resolve to accomplish greater things, we can begin each new week with new resolutions and new plans.

Adding and subtracting.
As you stake your claim and chart chart your course for the seven days, spending time in the Word and time in prayer, consider how two questions might help you chart your course.
a.) What is one thing God is challenging me to subtract from my life? Which sin, which self-defeating behavior, which destructive attitude do I need to get serious about leaving behind, once and for all, starting this week?
b.) What is one thing that God is challenging me to add to my life? Which new approach of faith, which new step of obedience, which better attitude do I need to begin to demonstrate, starting this week?

We lay claim on our lives by doing with intention the best things, and making every effort to abandon the worst things.
Make this week your week. It’s yours to claim, yours to own, yours to live.

But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:13-14)