what truly matters

whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

Yes God, I will change my habits

Reaching the end of chapter three, a couple of thoughts regarding my habits, have settled in my mind, and I am pretty convinced that it is indeed the Lord speaking into my heart. Testing against the five key questions, it definately measures up.

If I am going to be radically obedient, the first habit to go, has to be my complaining about time.

Ephesians 5:15-17 says: “Look therefore carefully how ye walk, not as unwise, but as wise;
redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” (ASV) The NIV translates it as “making the most of each opportunity.”

I am convImageinced that the Lord would not expect us never to relax and have fun, but the habit that I need to give up, is wasting time with frivolous activity, such as addictive games on the computer. It is one thing to open a game of Mahjong Titans or Combine, while holding on to be connected to a call centre agent, but quite another if you spend the next thirty minutes or longer with that fruitless activity.  Closing the game calls for radical obedience.

Another habit weighs heavily on my mind since reading about the radical obedience. To quote Lysa: “He wanted me to make a choice between my desire and His.” At this point in time, there are a couple of aspects of our lives, that we are praying about. Things that we would very much like to see changed. I have fallen into the habit of almost dictating to God what needs to happen, instead of trusting the many promises in the Word, like the well-loved Jer 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Letting go of the habit of fretting, sulking and impatience with things that I do not particularly like, would be a further act of radical obedience.

I am so grateful for this OBS, because I have learnt so much in less than two weeks. I am excited to see what else the Lord has in store for me. I am turning #PalmsUp.





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6 thoughts on “Yes God, I will change my habits

  1. I can relate to games….like Loops on my iphone. I know I should be doing other things and spending my time much wiser. Yes to God ~ I need to act on radical obedience. Thank you for your post and timing. 🙂

  2. It never fails to amaze me how God uses His children to encourage one another at the right time! Thanks for reading

  3. In the days of technology how easy is it to get sucked on in to not only playing, but competing with your friends or even comparisons that they are better at the game. Excellent blog post, thanks for sharing!!

    FB small group leader-P31

  4. I can so relate to your post today! We have so many ways, nowadays, to veg off into a cloud and completely get side tracked! I’ve done it many times. Praying for you to always be connected to God and what He wants for your life!

  5. I received wonderful confirmation today from a weekly short newsletter that I subscribe to. This week it dealt with wasting time, and the quote from the newsletter hits the nail right on the head: “Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it, but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it, you can never get it back.” – Harvey Mackay

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