What habits or behaviors turn our eyes to God and what habits or behaviors draw us away from God?
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. Mark 12:30
The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:
for gaining wisdom and instruction;
for understanding words of insight;
for receiving instruction in prudent behavior; doing what is right and just and fair;
for giving prudence to those who are simple, knowledge and discretion to the young-
let the wise listen and add to their learning and
let the discerning get guidance-
for understanding proverbs and parables, the sayings and riddles of the wise.
A good habit for one person can be a bad habit for someone else. Let us take stock of our habits and assess if they do us good or do us harm. For instance, our daily walk at lunch can be wonderful conditioning for our bodies, a time to listen to the bible or praise music; a time of prayer or a time to strengthen a relationship with a friend. However, it can also be an obsession, a way to check out not check in with God, a way to avoid a situation; or gossip about others.
So each of us must assess our current life with our own eyes asking God to open them to see where and when we are checking out instead of checking in. The key to refocusing on God is identifying where it is that we see and don’t see God in our day. If a habit or behavior we routinely participate in does not bring Glory to God then we need to assess what God wants us to do with it.
When we have our eyes focused on God, what are we doing? If we only have our eyes on God Sunday mornings then reassessment is critical. If we are focusing on God at home but not work, why? If we are walking in His Way all day, but check out each evening engaged in habits that draw us away from God, then we need to turn and ask God into that time.
If we are in a job that causes us to stumble, is it the right job? If we are associating with people or friends or family members who cause us to stumble, what can we do to see God in the situation? Do we need to spend less time with the person, or react differently when a particular subject comes up or take a stand with the truth or gracefully remain silent? Do we need to change a routine or behavior because it is offensive, not appropriate for young ears, or leads others astray? Do we need to speak less and listen more?
I challenge us this week to assess our own situation, routine and habits. Ask God to reveal where we can improve our “living” by refocusing on Him. Where can we turn from or adjust a habit or routine that leads us away from God instead of towards Him?
May we refocus our hearts, minds and souls on our God who gives us wisdom and instruction; understanding and words of insight; and instruction in prudent behavior for doing what is right and just and fair.
Blessings to you, my friend,