My One Word – Lesson Four


Series Bottom Line: The normal, natural pace of your life will not likely lead you to Spiritual Formation.
WEEK #1: “Something About One Thing”
Message Bottom Line:  Do SOMETHING about One Thing instead of NOTHING about Everything!
WEEK #2: “A Lens- Not a Promise”
Message Bottom Line: My One Word is a LENS through which you will SEE, not a PROMISE which you must keep.
WEEK #3: “The Call to Remember”
Message Bottom Line:  Keep Your Word in Front of You!
WEEK #4:  Share Your Word
Message Bottom Line:  Discernment requires you to test what is happening in your head.  Discern the truth and choose accordingly.

Congratulations!  If you followed the steps included in this blog and/or in the book, this is your final lesson.  But remember, it doesn’t stop no!.  This word is the tool that you will use to focus your mind and your world throughout the rest of this year. 

Henri Nouwen once said our inner life – the life of the mind – is like a banana tree full of jumping monkeys. (The Way of the Heart: Connecting with God through Prayer, Wisdom, and Silence, New York: Ballantine Books, 1981). 

Sin begins as a thought, as a desire that is entertained.  A thought that should have been captured but it appealed to our flesh in some way.  And then it became a problem.

“But each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed.  Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin.”  James 1:14-15
The Bible tells us to think intentionally.
“Finally, brother and sisters 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.”  Philippians 4:8
We can purposely bring such thoughts onto the scene to tranquilize the monkeys as long as we create the space in time to do it.
Tame the Monkeys
What do you recall?
God is working in your life.  You have encountered him.  He has touched you.  He has spoken to you, comforted you, and led you.  You know it.  Yet when someone asks you about your relationship with him, what do you say?
How is your walk with God going?
“It is grievous to have a fresh insight from God, neglect to write it down, lose it forever, only to recall that it was good.”  John Piper on Twitter.
We need to preserve it to learn from it again and again.
 It doesn’t have to be pages and pages.  It can be a word, a scripture, a quote, a picture, or a phrase.  
It marks this moment so that you can come back to it to see where you have been and what direction you are going.  It is the lens through which you will see the world, to examine your days.
Taking this time will slow you down so that you can see and hear God through your word.  Give Him the time.
We become so consumed with getting where we believe God wants us to be that we forget to be with God.
I say to myself, “The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.”  Lamentations 3:24
Don’t be impatient!  Don’t force it!  Know that God, in His time, will mold and make you into what he has always planned.
“Waiting is active.  While you are doing what you do, don’t focus on where you think God wants you to be, just focus on him.  It is not about his direction, but his presence.  Wait for him to lead.  You just follow.”  (Mike Ashcraft/Cleve Kiser, My One Word).
God is more interested in your relationship with him than your usefulness to him.  Wait for it!
Our lives here are short. The Bible reminds us of that.  And one event, one diagnosis, one decision can forever alter our normal way of life.  But so can one word.
Don’t wait until you know you have only a few days left before you begin counting your days.  Use My One Word.  Choose your word now, keep your word now, number your days now, and make them count by developing a heart of wisdom this year.
Finish well, friends.  Finish well.
Determine how you will continue to discuss your one word this year so the accountability factors of this project remains high.  Mark you calendar to do periodic check-ins and make them a regular part of your time with someone(s).
Check back here regularly!


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