Changing How we think
After last week’s entry, I realized I can sit here all day and tell you to “Make time” for God, and you’ve probably heard it from the Pastor too. And easier said than done right? I mean, obviously, it took my falling and “breaking” my back to learn that lesson, c’mon. But, really, although physically I broke my back. In my head, and in my heart, all of those circumstances changed the way I think. But, rest assured! It will not take the same catastrophic event to change the way you think. Let me share a story about how changing the way I think about something has made all the difference.
Let me be incredibly honest for a second. I hated cooking. Like, hated it! Loathed it. Dreaded every minute of it. I was totally with a Martha attitude in the kitchen, didn’t matter if it was just for my kid or Jesus, I wanted to be out where the action was, not slaving away in a kitchen. I was alone, I could hear everyone out there having fun, watching tv, whatever, and here I’m cooking….ugh!! And, to me, food was just sustenance. It was energy to go. I grew up on many out-of-a-box dinners and tv dinners. Like, who cares?! Just feed me so I can get back to “life-ing”. But, literally, one day, everything changed. Because I changed the way I thought about cooking. Here I am, one night, scrolling through the wonderful world of Pinterest, and a quote shook me to my core.
“Eating well is a sign of self-respect” – Shirley Dee
Um, whoa?! Well, for me, I feel like a respect myself a lot. So, then, my inner voice says, “But you don’t want to go through the work to show yourself that respect?” And, instantly, I was indignant with myself. Of course! I should go through the work to show myself respect! And, from that day forward, I have actively pursued cooking. I have tried to figure out how to make it fun. Make it challenging. I love to try new foods. We try new recipes at least once a week. You know another thing I found out? My kid loves cooking. He has always seen it as one big science experiment. Always asking to help, how this ingredient is going to change things, can he stir. Look at God using that! It’s amazing! I want to say that I love it now, but we’re still working on it. I no longer dread it, and I do get really excited when it’s something new, and for the most part my recipes work out…. 😉 But, the point is, nothing changed until I changed the way I thought about it.
Taking our thoughts captive
“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:5 (NIV)
I had to captivate my thoughts. I had to actively do something on my end to force the negative thoughts about cooking that would discourage me. Every time one of those thoughts started creeping in, “what are you missing out there?” “it’s so lonely in here” “nobody cares about this food any way” I had to physically stop them at the door. “NOPE!!!” I care, I’m not missing anything – I’m right where I’m supposed to be. And, many times in order to fight the “lonely” attitude, I listen to Christian music or podcasts, and actually turn it into a time of worship and service to the Lord. <– Look at God use that ❤
So, what’s keeping you from spending more time with God? What needs to change in your thinking? I mean, this man died for you. Let’s just consider that for a moment. He died for you. Own that. Don’t try to say, “well, he died for everybody.” You’re everybody! In his final moments, your name popped into his head. He thought about you specifically! And, took relief in the fact that you would now be saved because he was doing this for you. Sometimes that thought just catches me. Shakes me to my core. Any time I start to get nervous about talking about him, or not sharing a word in time with someone, or anything like that, I’ve used that thought to make me take the step. He died for me. Now, I don’t feel like it needs to be a shaming thing, but it’s truth, and I use it as an encouragement, like, “don’t be afraid, he died for you, you can do this.”
You need to take the time to figure out what’s getting between you and your God time. Is it time? Is it because you don’t want to drag out your Bible? Is it because you’re just not sure where to connect? Well, let’s change the way we think!
You have time to watch TV, be on Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram.
Replace screen time with God time.
Or you can wake up earlier, or stay up a little later. (Proverbs 31:15)
Where to connect?:
Don’t want to get your bible out? Download one to your phone or tablet! Youversion has a great one! (Like every version under the sun available)https://www.youversion.com/the-bible-app/
Podcasts (available in the app stores, I use Google’s podcasts)
You name it, God’s there!
Do your own thing! Make art to the glory of God! Write poetry for him! Start a prayer journal! Listen to devotionals while you cook, drive, go grocery shopping! God will meet you wherever you want! He’s like a best friend that always has time and will be anywhere you could ever want or need.
I hope this has inspired. I hope it has helped. I hope it shaken the wheels loose in your mind to start thinking about where you want to meet God. He walks with you, never leaves you. He’s not at a building waiting – he’s the living God that is everywhere for everyone. God bless you this week, may you grow in your relationship with the Lord. He’s waiting for you.