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Thoughtful Living

Our Practice Group’s (“PG”) International Partner’s (“IP”) secretary sends emails each morning to people in her mailing list. She’s the wife of a JIL pastor and through my CV found out that I was a Christian (coz I indicated in my CV also that I’m part of the choir — shux, irreg nga lang — and the Women’s Guild — “struggling” coz I sometimes feel that “I’m not a girl, not yet a woman”, in the full-pledged sense, that is. but more about that some other time). This morning, her email was about “Thoughtful Living”. It made me remember my “reflections” last night before I went to sleep (as I was waiting for our PG IP’s email), and is making me ask these questions: What is Jesus doing nga ba in my life? What does He want to show or teach me? May He open the spiritual eyes and ears of my heart so that I may be sensitive enough to listen and understand the answers to these questions.

Meanwhile, sharing the text of her email on “Thoughtful Living”:

10 The Lord leads with unfailing love and faithfulness all who keep his covenant and obey his demands.
11 For the honor of your name, O Lord, forgive my many, many sins.
12 Who are those who fear the Lord? He will show them the path they should choose.
13 They will live in prosperity, and their children will inherit the land.
14 The Lord is a friend to those who fear him. He teaches them his covenant.

(Psalm 25:10-14)

Are you living thoughtfully and intentionally—or automatically? It’s so easy to get up each morning, do our work, enjoy some relaxation or entertainment, and fall into bed each night without giving any thought to God’s involvement in our lives. But to be ignorant of how He has blessed, guided, protected, and warned us is a foolish way to live. Just consider the benefits of keeping our spiritual eyes and ears open throughout the day.

Those who are aware of the Lord’s presence during their daily activities enjoy the peace of knowing that He is always in control and working to accomplish His good purposes. Every day’s experiences with Him teach them to know and love Him more.

When we learn to see God’s footprints in our days, we will become aware of the scope of His involvement in our lives. Maybe He strengthened you for a task or opened a door of opportunity. Perhaps He guided your decisions or helped you respond in a godly way to a difficult person.

If our ears are open to the Lord’s warnings and instructions, we won’t repeat the same mistakes again and again. But those who are deaf to His voice will continue in unhealthy thought patterns, negative emotions, and foolish responses.

Each night before you go to sleep, take some time to reflect on the day’s activities. The Lord is constantly with you, guarding and guiding your way. He wants you to see Him in everything and understand life from His perspective as you rely on His wisdom and power to face any challenge.

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