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