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Press Mute!

 

I have talked in previous vibes about the race of life and how a race parallels our lives. There is a start and a finish. We started as a winner and because of Jesus we will end as a winner. But what about all the stuff in between?

We were not born with a manual. We have not been given clear instruction on how to sort things in our lives. Yes, the bible helps us and shows us the way but we also need to go to God for healing and vision.

In Session 1 of our course we talk about new habits. It takes 700 times to choose against a certain action to break an old habit however it only takes 7 times of doing something different to create a new habit.

There may be some destructive habits in our lives pulling us off track. We can be easily distracted from what is important and our vision will become cloudy.

It would be wise to NOT to try to break old habits, it's way too hard to do. The better choice is to hijack the old habit when you are about to do it and choose an alternative action to place it. Do it seven times... a new habit is born!

So.... when the old rotten habit is starting up, ‘think’ about it for just a second (that's all it takes) and replace it with your new planned course of action.

Once the new habit is practiced it becomes established and the old one gets left behind. It may try to raise its head now and then when we are not thinking about it but don’t let it.

So, I started a new habit in our home. When watching TV the ads inevitably come on. I like some of the ads as they are creative or funny, colourful and entertaining, but mostly they are loud, intrusive and annoying.

Everyone is trying to sell you something. Its how the business world exists, we are ‘bombarded’ by advertising.

My new habit?  Press mute!  Works for me! So now when I am starting to get irritated by a noisy intrusion into the program I am watching, I pick up the remote and press mute. Ah... silence, how sweet it is!

Do you know what? We can do this new habit training with our lives.

Are there things in your life needing to have the mute button pressed on them? I am sure there are.

Life is busy and full of noise. Sometimes the bad noise can get so loud we can’t hear the good noises! We may hear these good noises but are we really listening to them? Listening requires attention and brings understanding. Is the distraction of the bad noises making you deaf to the good ones?

One of the ‘tools’ in Dan's Tool Box, is 'listening'. It is a very important tool. When discussing a problem we are keen to get our point of view heard and may not be listening to the other person's views, we could be missing a vital key to solving the problem.

The same goes for God. We may be coming to God with a list of things we need. We try to hear Him but are not really listening to what He has to say as we are so absorbed with announcing our requests.

Press mute on the things that don’t matter.

Sort the priorities and concentrate on what is important.

Say what you need to say... then listen!

After you have done listening.... do some more listening!

Your answer may come from a place you least expect!

 

Proverbs 3:3 -12 (MSG)

3-4 Don't lose your grip on Love and Loyalty. Tie them around your neck; carve their initials on your heart. Earn a reputation for living well in God's eyes and the eyes of the people.

5-12 Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don't try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God's voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; He's the One who will keep you on track. Don't assume that you know it all.

 

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