I was gazing at my kitchen counter this evening and I was thinking, “Wow! I really do have a lot of lists. Is that ok? What’s wrong with me?” It’s a joke between me and Chris. He says I have a list for everything. I really do! If I don’t have a list, I forget! I walk into rooms all the time and forget what I am there for. I say I will call someone later and I mean it, and then I forget. If that’s you, I do care and I am sorry! I open the refrigerator door almost every day and pause for a minute as I try to remember what I went there to get out. Let’s face it, as people we forget things very easily and very frequently. Our minds and lives are very busy. Only today did that strike me as something that applied to my life in a deeper way. I wonder all of the time what is wrong with me. I am a Christian and I know what I am here for. I know my life should be one that glorifies God but my mind is easily led astray. I desire to keep God’s commandments and follow hard after Him. Why do I find myself like Paul so often feeling that, “…I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.” (Romans 7:15) It’s because I forget! I forget who I am and what I am here for! Can you relate? I especially forget when life gets super busy. Should I write it on my lists then? “Remember who you are in Christ Jesus, Heather! Remember 1 Corinthians 10:31 ‘So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.’, Heather! ‘Set your mind on things above, not on earthly things,’ Heather!” (Colossians 3:2) Perhaps. What I really desperately need though is to write it on my heart. Every. Single. Day.
I wondered when I was younger why so many Christians I knew who were older or more mature than me emphasized spending time in prayer and in God’s Word throughout the day. I knew it was important to spend time with God. I knew it was the way to know Him. Sadly, that didn’t motivate me to be diligent about it. I figured, I knew the truth. I understood I was a sinner saved by the grace of Christ and I was very thankful, but I neglected my prayer life and I neglected to read God’s Word each day. I was a new creation in Christ who had been given a set of instructions and I only read them when I thought I needed them. In doing that I forgot who I was for years. I made so many mistakes and was prone to depression. I scrambled to find purpose and wondered constantly what I was doing. I still struggle with this even to this day! I realize now why it’s important that I read the Bible every day, multiple times a day. I realize now why I need to set aside daily time to pray. I should say that there is more than one reason to do this for sure. As it pertains to the mind though, I have seen in my own life what happens when I do not to do this! I forget. People are forgetful. We need things like Outlook, calendars, and “to do” lists. We forget in a matter of minutes, not even days. We must renew our mind if we are to keep on remembering! Romans 12:2 says, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” If we do not renew our minds in God’s Word, we begin to conform to the pattern of this world. When that happens I find my thoughts conforming to the cultures way of thinking. I find my behavior begins to reflect my desires and not God’s Will.
It’s not legalistic to commit to daily prayer and reading of God’s Word. It’s necessary. Our minds need this so we don’t forget…again.
His love, Heather
I read this blog by Tim Challies after writing this. Coincidence? I think not! Check it out! It’s a short read and very worth while! “God’s Word is precious, pleasurable, protective, and profitable. What a gift it is!” http://www.challies.com/articles/a-great-reward
Family Worship is one of the ways that God has helped my family to renew our minds together so we do not forget who we are and what we are here for. If you want to discuss what your Purpose is as a Christian with your family there are 7 days worth of lessons and activities you can do here. https://wearethebranchesfamilyworship.com/purpose/