January 27, 2010
A few years back a survey estimated that 10% of drivers in the United States are buzzing around town with their Check Engine light on. With their vehicle seemingly running like normal, they ignore the glowing light on their dashboard warning them that something in their car is not operating properly. They continue to gamble that the potential issue is minor in nature with every mile they place on the car. If the shining light persists, they might contemplate taking the vehicle into the shop, but a lack of funds or busy schedule normally win out. Sometimes it isnt until the car wont start, makes a loud screeching noise or breaks down completely that they face the reality that all is not as it should be under the hood.
If you have been participating in the assignments on the blog over the past few days, youve begun to realize that there are parts of your heart where the Check Engine light is glowing. Maybe youve ignored the signs because, like those 10% of drivers, it appears that life is operating properly. Yet, every so often, an unfavorable behavior comes out of nowhere and you know things are amiss inside your heart. Through the picking of your word, you are declaring the time has come to not only diagnose the problem, but also repair what is broken. Being intentional about your word prepares your heart to face whatever comes your way. In order for this to take place, the word you choose needs to deal with the issues occurring in the depths of your heart. Spend a few moments reflecting on the following question:
- Read Proverbs 4:23. Which word do you feel speaks most clearly to the issues taking place inside your heart?
FOR THOSE THAT HAVE ALREADY PICKED THEIR WORD FOR 2010
How will God transform you in the New Year – prayer, attitude, integrity, tenderness or patience? What will be the one word that defines you in 2010 – joy, gratitude, forgiveness or contentment? In what area of your life will you be able to see God move consistency, peace, kindness or humility? Whatever your word may be, you have committed to being part of an experiment to see what happens when people focus on one thing to force clarity and develop direction. Begin now by setting up ways you can engage your word so at the end of the year you will be able to stand before God with a wiser heart. Take the time necessary to arrange your life in order to put your word into action.
- It has been said the normal natural pace of life is not going to push you towards spiritual formation. How have you begun to arrange your life for God to move through your one word?
At the beginning of this blog, we talked about indicators that cause the Check Engine light of your heart to illuminate. Theyre different for each one of us. Wed love to hear your response to the following question: As it relates to the word youve chosen or are considering, what warning signs alerted you that something wasnt right with your heart?