When I was a girl, one of the lessons I learned from my dad was to think. If I did something wrong, he would say to me, “so did you think about it?” He always wanted to know if I had actually thought about what I was doing, hoping to train me to think before I acted. I remember at times that confounded me. Sometimes, it made me downright mad. But I’ve never forgotten his charge to think. When my own son was growing up, guess what I used to say to him in moments when I knew that thinking might have kept him from a predicament? Yep, that same thing. “Did you think about it?” Sage wisdom, this thinking thing.
Something I read recently made me remember this childhood training. I’m thinking it’s pretty good advice, especially in our Christian walk. We need to think about things we’re facing. “What is this predicament I’m in Lord? What do you want me to do about it?” Knowing that I’m not supposed to worry about anything, whatever I’m facing is a known factor to God and He has a way He’d like me to get through it. I don’t always do this very gracefully. This is where the listening comes in again.
So, if I think about my situation, talk it over with God, ask Him for His direction (which implies the listening part), and be obedient, I think I’m ready to move on it now. But wait, where did that word obedient come from? Ah yes, the obedient part. Sometimes I may not like the answer I’m hearing. I may need to abandon something I want to do. I may be told to do something I really don’t want to do. Obedience takes practice and it means I must be willing to lay down my desires and decisions. This obedience thing can be hard work sometimes. Makes me remember a verse:
“Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?” Rom 6:16
I need to take obedience a lot more seriously. What I choose to do is indicative of who I am obeying and where it’s going to lead me. Something to chew on today…