Inner Me

The person you talk with the most, and share your most intimate thoughts with is, well, yourself. It seems that everyone has an “inner me”.

Our “inner me” is our friend that never gets tired of listening to us. Some of us also have a music channel in our heads. That, too, is continually playing. In fact, we may become ticked off when someone sings a commercial jingle because that knocks our music track off line.

Now, there is a subset of humanity where whatever goes through their mind comes out of their mouth. I am blessed (?) with two of these people, my wife and my daughter.

An Experiment

As an experiment, when my daughter was pre-teen, I invited her to go with me to another town which was about ninety minutes from where we lived. I knew she’d go because she was my traveling companion. Anytime she heard my keys rattle she knew I was going somewhere, and she wanted to go. She had a lot of “go” in her; she still does.

Anyway, secretly, I mapped out my experiment. I would let her talk, without interruption, until she ran out of things to say. Then I would know how long it took for her to stop talking.

Yes, I was naive. Anyway, we got in the family car, and we prayed that we would have a safe journey. Then I waited. Right on cue, my daughter started talking to me. She talked and she talked and she talked. Finally, we were at the parts store. I asked her to wait until I was finished before “we” started talking.

A Travelog

I finished in about 5 or 10 minutes, and before we had left the store she was back in full swing. And, she talked all the way back home. Only when I pulled into our driveway, got out of our car, and started walking to our backdoor did my daughter stop talking to me. She immediately shifted gears and began providing her mom with a travelog of our adventure.

The lesson I learned was that for my wife and daughter there was no end to talking because everything triggered thoughts which generated words and words were meant to be spoken. It’s been a wild ride.

Pray Without Ceasing

Anyway, my wife and daughter showed me what the Holy Spirit led the Apostle Paul to write in these following instructions to the church at Thessaloniki:

1 Thessalonians 5:12-22, We ask you, brothers, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves. And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all. See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone. Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies, but test everything; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil.

God packed so much guidance for a satisfying and purposeful Christian life in these few sentences. It would do us all well if we took the time to meditate upon this gift God gave us.

Through my wife and daughter I have learned that it is not only possible to “pray without ceasing” but there is great comfort and strength to be gained through continual prayer. I suppose women have a prayer track in addition to a music track and a “me” track. I’m too afraid to ask. I thank God I’m a man.

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Let us settle the matter

One of my favorite Bible verses and one I think we all should memorize is 2 Peter 3:9 (NIV), which says, The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

It astonishes me when I meditate on the many opportunities God gives us to get in step with Him and His eagerness to re-establish the pure, sinless, fellowship He designed us for from the beginning of Creation. This is the very reason why “Our Father which art in heaven” (Mt. 6:9 KJV) “so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16 KJV) and “… God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” (2 Co. 9:8 NIV

God wants the best for you. That’s what God says in Isaiah 1:18-20 (NIV):

18 “Come now, let us settle the matter,”
    says the Lord.
“Though your sins are like scarlet,
    they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red as crimson,
    they shall be like wool.
19 If you are willing and obedient,
    you will eat the good things of the land;
20 but if you resist and rebel,
    you will be devoured by the sword.
”For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.

Prayer: I ask, “Father God, in the name of your Son, Jesus, that each person who reads this devotional will be blessed today and have hope in all they set their hands to do to honor You. I ask that Your children will be in fellowship with You and with each other. That their local church will be a place of healing for those that are hurt and a place of blessing for all. I ask that Your children will experience Your supernatural work through Jesus Christ, God’s gift to mankind. Amen.”

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