[I covet your prayers as I will be away on Sabbatical for the next few weeks. While I am taking some extended time to rest, be with family & friends and connect with God, I hope you enjoy these blog posts that appeared on my blog in 2008.]
Have you ever monitored how you keep this running conversation going with yourself most of the day (or is that just me?). Do you talk to yourself about what you need to get done, do you talk to yourself about how you feel about someone, do you talk to yourself to make sure you remember important things, do you talk to yourself about your anxieties, do you talk yourself into a frenzy with worries about the future, do you talk to yourself about plans, strategies, dreams? There’s this ongoing conversation most of us have with ourselves throughout the day.
Here’s the “ah-ha” moment I realized: “I can either include God in that conversation or I can leave Him out.” What I choose makes a huge difference! My old way just leaves me pondering my thoughts alone. This new way we’re learning with the 60-60 allows me to hear and consider a new perspective (a bigger, wiser One maybe?). I’ve found this makes a huge difference for me.
So the goal is moment by moment connection to God’s Spirit, the beeps are just reminders. But your thoughts, worries, “to do lists,” meetings, deadlines, irritations, can all be great reminders as well.
Old way: I have the internal conversation, “Oh, man I’ve got so much to do in one hour, how am I going to get it all done?”
New way: “Lord, I’m starting to stress about all I have to do this hour, calm me down so I can think clearly. What do You think is most important? How should I approach this?” You let Him in on your thoughts and You open yourself to His influence.
Old way: “If these kids whine or fight one more time, I’m gonna….”
New way: “Lord, my kids are driving me crazy constantly whining and fighting, what should I do? Help me stay calm and know how to lead them out of this. How can I teach them Your ways through this—help me.” You open yourself up to new thoughts and new possibilities, rather than just reacting according to your old nature.
You get the idea. Instead of just talking to yourself, try directing the conversation toward the One who said, “I am always with you…Cast all your cares on me because I care for you.” (Matthew 28:20, 1 Peter 5:7)