So glad to have my wife and one of the kids back home with me. It has been a long 10 days without them. The other two little ones will be home right after our mission trip to West Virginia (which is next week). One of the things I notice about myself when I'm alone for an extended period of time is that I have to focus. When I don't stay focused, I get little to nothing done. Have you found that to be true?
The biggest piece that keeps me focused is Scripture. Hearing from God is a must. It is not something extra that you add to your "to do list". It is not something that is a suggestion. Reading the Bible is like eating. You got to have it.
Let me give you just a little peek into
Ephesians 1:15 (nlt) --- Ever since I first heard of your strong faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for God's people everywhere,
Proverbs 16:2 (nlt) --- People may be pure in their own eyes, but the Lord examines their motives.
Acts 11:24 (nlt) --- Barnabas was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and strong in faith. And many people were brought to the Lord.
Psalm 25:21 (nlt) --- May integrity and honesty protect me, for I put my hope in you.
As you can see, my mind has been all over the place. Those are some great thoughts, some hard places and some things that each of us had to deal with. I want to be know as a person of "strong faith". I've asked God to help protect and examine my motives. I want to be the guy who encourages others and who brings "many people ... to the Lord". I see and know that "integrity" keeps me close to my "hope" in God.
For those things to be true, I have to deal with my thoughts. I have to talk hold of the things in my mind. Kind of like this:
2 Corinthians 10:5 (nasb) --- We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ,
One of the toughest things we will do is "taking every thought captive". But we have got to do it. Is your mind all over the place?