Resolved: 7. The Best Conversation Ever

Best Conversation EverThis post is part of the Resolved series: a collection of 21 personal resolutions that I’m writing/preaching to myself.

If you’d like a little more information, please visit this introduction to the Resolved series.

Resolution #7

Resolved, to maintain an open conversation with God about what’s going on within my heart and mind.

What and Why?

Here’s where I explain what I mean and why it matters.

An Open Dialogue

In close connection with constant prayer, I want to keep an open exchange going on between me and God. Yes, this means communicating with Him throughout the day. For it to be a great conversation, however, I’ve got to take the time to listen and hear what He’s saying to me.

There’s a beautiful lyric in Addison Road’s song ‘What Do I Know of Holy,‘ that nails it:

“I try to hear from Heaven, but I talk the whole time.”

What’s Going On In My Heart

To be honest, a lot of times I have no idea what’s going on in my heart. I’m anxious, angry, unsettled, or nervous about who knows what. Well, I want to talk to God about openly and honestly that. I’m always amazed at just how revealing those conversations can be.

For example, I was recently having a really bad day. To say I was grumpy would be an understatement. I talked it out with God and in the course of that conversation, the Holy Spirit brought it to my attention that I was completely wrapped up in a business situation that I had been working through.

I found the source of my anxiety in my lack of control/trust. He gave me the opportunity to recognize that lacking in faith. In that moment, God gave me the opportunity to turn and run back to Him. My day got a whole lot better after that.

What’s Going On In My Mind

I think too much. Because I think too much, I tend to rely on my own understanding a lot more than I should. Questioning my thoughts in an open dialogue with God is the best way to root out my own intellectual shmuckery. It also leads me to rely on Him; not myself.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5 ESV

How and When?

Here’s where I look at ways to practically apply this resolution to my life.

  1. Intentionally schedule more time to allow for moments of quiet and stillness. Like I mentioned above, I can talk all day long but its more important that I stop and listen.
  2. Pay close attention to my mental, emotional, and spiritual condition. When I feel a little off, I need to stop in my tracks and work through this process.

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