Read it! Psalm 119
I will obey your decrees; do not utterly forsake me.
Think it through
So now that we’re reading and loving the law, it’s time to actually do what it says.
I’ve written posts on obeying God’s laws before (this one springs to mind), and I mean what I write! So why, like Paul, do I clutter my own spirit with disobedience? Why do I do what I don’t want to do?
There are many answers to that question, but the one I want to focus on today is this: sometimes I’m not set up for it. I haven’t made decisions before go-time is upon me, and I’m making a (bad) decision in the moment.
I love all aspects of goal setting, time management, and workflow efficiency. After years of trial and error, I’ve hand-picked the aspects of these things that work for me (and if you’ve read Organizing You, hopefully I’ve helped you find the aspects that work for you!). One thing I recommend in OY but don’t do personally is to actually write down the first step toward each goal. Usually I can get away without this because when I see a goal, I start to work toward it.
Except when I don’t. If one of my goals is really against my natural inclinations, it can sit on my list for a long, long time. Here’s a silly example but a real one:
I have a sewing project that I’ve wanted to tackle for 18 months or more. I love crafting, but I’m not a natural seamstress and sewing makes me slightly nervous. Fabric is a much more expensive thing to mess up than paper, and unlike yarn you can’t just unravel it and start again. So I keep thinking, “I’ve got to start that project. I should go buy some fabric.”
It took my most recent “big planning session” (something I do in January and June) to help me realize that I was avoiding the fabric store because I have no idea how much to buy. I’m not likely to magically know or intuit how much it will take, so my real first step is finding a pattern on Pinterest first.
We’re not likely to magically know or intuit what it will take to follow God’s laws, either. It will take prayerful intention, and first steps.
Live it like you mean it
Think of one sin you’ve confessed over and over. (I’ve got one springing to mind.) Is there a first step that you’re missing? Here are some questions to ponder:
- Is there anything (or anyone) you need to bring in our out of your life to get the ball rolling?
- Is there a system you can set up to help you, or a habit to form?
- Can you track your behavior in some way so you can see progress (or relapses)?
- Do you need an accountability partner?
Maybe you simply need to picture what will happen if you don’t follow God’s law… and then commit to the Lord, I will.
I will obey, and I will be delivered.
Lift it up
Holy Spirit, I want to obey. I want to be blessed by the joy of right living. I want to have more room in my heart for you. I want to be sin-free and wide open to your leading to do God’s work. Please guide me in wisdom and strength. Amen.
Tell Me About It
You don’t have to share the specifics, but I’d love to be in prayer for you if you made a commitment to obey today. Let me know if I can support you with prayer.
Again, I’d love to help you take that first step! If you’re ready to get intentional for Christ, please check out my books, Organizing You and Building Your House.
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