Is your house a mess? Do you get overwhelmed with the thought of getting it in order? Or do you simply pretend it really doesn’t matter since nobody’s going to see it but you, your spouse (if you’re married) and your kids? If you’re like me, you let everything build up until you look around one day and decide to do something about it. You get tired of the clothes lying around in the bedroom, the laundry piling up in the clothes baskets, layers of dust on your furniture, dishes piled up in the sink, or tripping over shoes and toys around the house. Sounds familiar? Now I must say my physical house may not be quite that bad, but I have to admit I’ve had to take a spiritual check-up recently and discovered I’ve let some weeds overtake my thought life. In other words, I realized I’ve been distracted or stressed. So what do you do then? I asked God to help me discipline my thought life. And how do you do that? I’ll share my process.
1. First I prayed and asked God to show me how to get started. For me, the book of Nehemiah has been my starting point. Nehemiah was a leader in a foreign land, a man with a vision to rebuild the ruined walls of Jerusalem. He heard about the condition of his homeland and wept. But he did not stop there, he came up with a plan. The first thing he did was seek God’s wisdom.
2. Secondly, I decided to establish a personal plan of action. I would find out everything I could about Nehemiah: Who he was, Where he lived, His situation, His purpose or plan.
3. Then I decided to go on the journey with Nehemiah, a slow walk. I would follow him and make his story mine. I determined to find principles in his life which I could apply to my plan to rebuild my walls. I believe in the power of journaling, so I’m writing a verse or two daily in my own words, writing the principle (rule or truth) in the passage and then the application (how it applies to me). I follow with a prayer for God’s help, realizing that any progress is success. This morning I spent time listing things I am thankful for.
4. Finally I practice memorizing a key phrase from the verses to stamp them on my spirit. Over the next few weeks, I’ll share my journey.
I challenge you to join me on my journey or ask God to point out areas in your life which need attention. Then ask Him to help you with a plan of action.
Father, thank you for showing me what I need to work on and then giving me the resource, your Word, to help me discipline my thoughts. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.