Day 143: Don’t Just Think It… Ink It

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I saw that quote when I was looking up something for my husband the other day (my man is the master of positive thinking… he read a lot of positive-thinking stuff… in fact, if you haven’t ever read any of The Success Principles by Jack Canfield (the guy who co-authored the Chicken Soup for the Soul books)… it’s really great, great stuff. I know that it sounds kind of businessy, but it’s really more about general life stuff.)

Gosh, I always seem to get on a tangent like that don’t I?

ANYWAY… The quote reminded me of a verse that my hubby has cited for years…

Write down clearly on tablets what I reveal to you, so that it can be read at a glance. Habakkuk 2:2

And it made me think about how I think that writing down my covenant is one of the things that I did that has helped me… and it was one of the thing that I did not do… and not writing it down held me back a bit.

Huh?

Yeah, let me explain…

I wrote down my covenant with God on this blog 143 days ago. I wrote it down so that someone else could read it. So that I could be held accountable to it. I wrote it down so that there would be no questioning later about what I had really decided to do. It’s kind of like the Ten Commandments… God WROTE those suckers down for the people cause you KNOW they’d have been all “Wellllllll, I mean, I think that God said “Don’t commit adultery… unless you’re really, really in love.” He didn’t want there to be any confusion. I mean, honestly, He didn’t even let MOSES write them down… GOD wrote them down. There is just some kind of power in words being in black and white… or in gray and chiseled gray (or whatever the commandments were written in). And there have been many times that my mind has mentally flashed back to that blog page where I typed out my covenant in plain English… and it has kept me from making a bad choice. (Haha- I must have been working on that a lot today with my kids… oh how many times a day do we talk about “making a bad choice?!?!?!”)

What I didn’t write down… or what I left as very vague… was the thing about avoiding bread. I was not clear like the verse says above. And so, when it came down to it… there was no where for my mind to flash back to. Until I realized it had to be clearly written down… and so about a week and a half ago, I just had to write it down very clearly. And it has helped me tremendously.

All of that to say, if God gives you a vision, or a revelation, or a whatever… write. it. down.

Publicly, if possible.

In that verse above, it was written down so that others might be able to read it. Not for him to be able to read it. There is a reason that God wants us to share as much of ourselves as possible… call it accountability if you want, I don’t think you need a “name” for it… just know that when someone else knows your heart, your thoughts, your hurts, your joys… it just helps.

So, start a blog. Open a twitter account. Get some post-it notes. Text your best friend. Facebook a revelation. Open one of those journals that you got for graduation that has been sitting in your closet for the past howevermany years.

But write. it. down.

Day Thirty-Six: Mixed Veggies Mindset

I think that I have realized over the past week or so that I need to sorta “revisit the vision” cause lately I have been following the covenant but my heart has not been in it. Since I really want this to be a change of the heart, soul, and mind… then I need to pretty frequently evaluate my motivation, my heart, my thinking, my reasons, etc.

Like I said, I have been sticking to the “letter of the Law” of the covenant, but not necessarily the spirit of it as well. I was still staying within my parameters as far as what I could eat, but I wasn’t trying to eat well. I was being a lazy eater and trying to sorta stay in the covenant without really having to work at it.

For example, technically a peanut butter and honey sandwich is okay for me to have in the covenant. But not necessarily beneficial. Beneficial would be for me to attempt to go “beyond the Law” if that makes sense. Like, sure I can have the peanut butter and honey sandwich, but it would be better for me if I ate the apple instead, or mixed veggies (like I had today for lunch), or a baked potato. That way I’m not necessarily trying to just stick to the Law (like one tries to “stick” to a diet) but I am trying to please God by going beyond just what the Law asks me to do.

And at the risk of sounding like a broken record, this is not something that I would think about on a diet. I would totally be focused on how to follow the diet in the most indulgent way possible. (Like, if I get 2,000 calories a day then how many brownies can I eat and stay in that range?) But since this is about so much more than just a diet, then I can get excited about not having that peanut butter and honey sandwich (which is actually one of my favorite things) but excited in having a bowl of mixed veggies (which was surprisingly good… although I do wish they would leave out the peas. Ick. Not sure why God even bothered with those things).

All of these efforts are in hopes… no, in faith… of being free from food. I was teetering on my mind falling right back into the same slavery as before even though I was still following the covenant. I would have just made sandwich bread, tortillas, chips, etc my new “chocolate”.

Now I’m going to go out of order on these verses but for a reason:

If you are trying to make yourselves right with God by keeping the law, you have been cut off from Christ! You have fallen away from God’s grace. Galatians 5:4

That was me… yesterday. A slave to the Law. Being driven by the Law. Trying to do right by keeping the Law. But today…

Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law. Galatians 5:1

Today I have once again been set free. My mindset today is how can I please God with what I eat? So even though that PB&H sandwich would not make Him mad… it might not make him pleased like the bowl of mixed veggies.

Wow. Who knew that mixed veggies could symbolize so much? Haha!