This week feels like I’m running in circles – there is a never ending list of things to be done, deadlines looming and the list of things that would be nice to do never seems to get started on. In church we are going through the R12 series by Chip Ingram. Last night cell was looking at:
Romans 12:2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.
At the end of the study there is a suggestion that shockingly brought a shiver to my spine and when I suggested it to the group they also looked shocked and horrified. It suggests having a media fast for 48 hours – not cell phones, internet, TV, magazines etc for 48hours. We all reacted the same way – horror! And then I reacted to my own reaction – horror at my own horror! I have been thinking then from last night what voices are loudest in my life. If I am exposing myself to so many opinions am I exposing myself enough and listening enough to God’s voice. What is the loudest voice in my life?
If I am quiet for a moment I find the voice in my head is going tick tock tick tock. If find myself now running around – the tyranny of the urgent is in control. Deadlines at work – tick tock. Prepare for teaching – tick tock. What about my Phd – tick tock. Isn’t it time to start a family – tick tock. How many of the choices do I make because of the tick tock.
Jesus says that those who belong to him recognise his voice and follow him – that is what I want to do.
John 10:27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.
Lord, help me to tune out the tick tock so that I can hear your voice clearly and follow you.