Thursday, May 28, 2009

3 Important Questions to Ask Ourselves

Today was my monthly prayer day; it was a beautiful day so I got to spend it outside. A rare gift after the long winter of Seattle gloom.

I am learning to ask myself 3 questions that seem very helpful to being a Jesus follower who tries to live a lifestyle like his.

These are the questions:

Is my mind aligned with God's mind?
Are my emotions aligned with God's heart?
Is my behavior aligned with Jesus' priorities?

It's been amazing as I've asked Jesus to show me what adjustments or alignments that I need to make how specific he is being with me.

I am thrilled. It's really making a big difference in how I am walking thing out in life.

This is what I am discovering.

If our mind isn't the same as God's mind, we are on a different foundation from the start.

When our emotions are far from God's heart, we feel things that aren't based on truth: for example: when we feel angry about something our spouse didn't do the way we want, and it makes us want to control (of course I know about this one too well!), rather than move to a place of respect and honor which we do know is God's heart for our marriages.

If we do step into a place of control, our behavior is out of alignment with Jesus' priorities, which then causes us to justify which then makes our mind out of alignment with God's mind.

Today I started by praying that the Lord would align my mind with his mind before I went to prayer. I think that this is the first time that I have ever intentionally done this before I prayed.

I was rather amazed by how I was led to pray; I was given some very fun and creative ways to pray, ideas that I would have never thought of on my own.

These questions are going to become an intentional part of Missio Lux langauge and practice. I am excited to see how God is going to work with us in his places of truth, grace and creativity!

Let me know if you begin to use them and how it's going.

1 comment:

just joe said...

good post -- I like your 3 questions. I need to find some time to do the same thing. Thanks!