I love May in the South!! The warm Southern breeze usually sails in sometime in the early afternoon hours, just in time to cool the day off from the noon heat. As luck would have it, I had a moment of free time to enjoy this airy sensation while going back to work from a late lunch. As I paused to fully take in the moment, I overheard a woman talking on her cell phone. I did not have to try too hard to hear what she was saying, and I would not really work hard to eavesdrop – unless it involved a birthday present for me….lol! It was clearly evident to me, judging by the volume of her retort to whoever was on the receiving end of her conversation, that she was irritated to the point of exasperation. In one final, breathless gasp, before disconnecting her call, she bellowed, “I wish you would just stop putting words in my mouth!” Wow! This sentence pushed my thoughts in a completely different direction than I’m sure she intended. What if God could put His words into my mouth? I could certainly save myself a lot of grief and trouble. I might be more encouraging and less likely to tear down others. What would it take for this to happen?
“How delightful that God has put his words in my mouth.” ~ Psalm 119:3
How blessed we are that God always provides for us long before we ever think or need to ask Him for help. He has always had a plan for our lives! These plans for our success have been in place since before the beginning of time. Not only did He start compiling His words of truth and guidance in written form, in the very language that we speak every day so that we could understand and relate to them, He also gave us His Spirit to direct our thoughts and actions.
I am free to do anything I want to do. I can listen to anything that I want to hear as well as watch anything that I want to watch. Although I have the Holy Spirit inside to guide my actions, words and thoughts, I do not have to listen to Him if I choose not to pay attention to what He says. God gives all people free reign to make their own choices. If I choose to watch Barney or Sesame Street all day, it won’t take long before I might be caught singing nursery rhymes or skipping. If I choose to watch karate or kung-foo action shows, I might easily start kicking and chopping. We are products of our environment. It does not take much reasoning to follow this line of thinking and connect it to training for successful living. If I choose to fill my mind with God’s words then I will be more likely to speak and act in the way He wants.
Over 2000 years ago, David wrote in Psalm 119:11, “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against You.“ This is the secret to success, written for my eyes many centuries ago! If I want God to put His words in my mouth then I might want to know His words. In the same way that I would practice any other hobby or vocation, I must practice being a Christian in order to become the best that I can be. In my efforts to make every moment count and to really know Christ, I am going to challenge myself (and you!) to “HIDE GOD’S WORD IN MY HEART”! Feel free to post ways that you are actively trying to do this. (I write verses on index cards to keep in my car and pull out while waiting in a parking lot or on errands – repetitive reading helps me remember).