Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Wednesday's Word: A Boss Your Heart Message

Many thanks, D'Lane, for today's message.

Now and Later
D'Lane Moore

In my “former” life I was a teacher.  I have taught everything from Pre-K to 6th grade.  And once, a few years ago, I tutored a girl in Algebra I.  I do not usually tackle such “high math”.  I usually tutor what I know well and don’t have to study, kinder-6th grade subjects.  But last week I got a call from a mom who has a high school student in Algebra I who needs a little boost.  After some prayer I agreed to meet with her to see if I could help.  As I sat down to look over the concepts she is challenged I was worried I was going to have to teach myself everything all over again before I could help her.  I was pleasantly surprised to realize I remembered most of what I needed to know to make these math concepts accessible to a student.  I did need to look up a few things about graphing inequalities, but with the help of google and my husband I got it worked out.

You know what I realized?  That knowledge we gain is good both for the current situation and for later situations.  I did not have to start from scratch when I was preparing to tutor Algebra I this time around because I took Algebra I because I applied myself to learning during earlier seasons of life, such as high school and college.  And when the knowledge was needed later in life, it was there.

That got me to thinking about Bossing my Heart.  Bossing my heart is beneficial both now and later.  As I read God’s word every day I am learning more about Him, His story, His love for the world, His purpose for me, His plan, and His grace.  This knowledge is certainly having an immediate impact in my life.  But I realize the impact will not stop at the end of this Boss Your Heart Challenge.  I can just imagine a time, a few years from now, when my daughter thinks to ask a great question about God and his kingdom.  What will I say?  How will I respond?  Will I know the answer?  Maybe I will be able to recall exactly what God’s word says because it is a question I have often sought God about.  But what if I am not sure of the response?  I know at that moment I will remember something from the year of Bossing my Heart that will help me.  I might remember a verse, a story, or maybe just the fact that Matthew would be a good book to start looking for the answer.   I don’t know exactly what it will look, but I know that God will use this Bossing of My Heart for many, many years to come in many, many different situations.   

God’s word says in 2 Peter 3:18, “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.”

Dear God,
Use your word in our lives.  Make it come alive to us as we commit to read it.  Show us how you are using it in our lives today.  Allow us to see what a difference Bossing Our Hearts with your word can make in our attitudes, relationships, passions, and circumstances.  But don’t let it end there.  Place your word deep in our heart and mind.  Bring it to our memory in the days, weeks, and years to come when we need to hear your voice.  Help us remember your truths, commands, warnings, and promises and just the right moments.  We will be sure to give you all the glory both for now and forever!

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