This morning I read this:
It reminded me not to dwell on the “What If’s” but what is. Right here and now.
The last few weeks I’ve been thinking a lot about how I spend my time. I’ve been taking inventory about the hours I spend on certain activities. What is it that fills my evenings? My mornings have a routine that’s working for me. There is not much I would want to change at the moment. But I struggle with my evenings.
I used to always watch news from 5:00 to 6:30 pm. But once news were over, I had a hard time getting up and turning off the TV or leaving the room. So many evenings were spent just hugging the couch and filling my mind with shows that didn’t add any value to my life.
Looking back I’m embarrassed about the lack of self-discipline in this area.
What struck me this morning about this Bible verse is that by being aware of the brevity of our lives we learn something very valuable: We grow in WISDOM. Why would that be? If I’m not present in the mundane of my day, if I allow myself to dream and fantasize about the “what if’s”, I am missing out on lessons I could learn throughout the day. These lessons learned add up to wisdom.
It’s not just about wasting much of my evenings on watching TV shows, but also when I’m facing a problem, a crisis. What do I do then? Do I keep my mind occupied with wishful thinking, or do I face it and embrace it? Am I present in those hours and days of hardship?
There are valuable lessons to be learned during those times and wisdom will be added through experiencing a faithful God in those situations. But I have to be present.
Where do I start? Joyce Meyer writes in “Battlefield of the Mind”:
“Your life may be in a state of chaos because of years of wrong thinking. If so, it is important for you to come to grips with the fact that your life will not get straightened out until your mind does… Use your weapons of God’s Word, praise and prayer.”
I have to start with my mind! I’ve got to be aware of what’s happening in my “thought closet” right now. I don’t want to miss valuable lessons that would add wisdom. Do you?