For me to change or keep the proper perspective in life I am going to need to do my share of preaching to myself. Do you do that, preach to yourself? Take a scripture and just really ‘drive it home’? Need an example of what it looks like for me?
When I happen on a scripture or set of scriptures that really speak to me and I somehow want them deeper and deeper in my heart. I want to ‘eat’ them, they are so good. I wish they could be tattooed to my forehead, I love it so much.
Well, that happened recently with Colossian 3:12-17. Here is how I wrote out my ‘sermon’ to myself.
Dearest Michelle, (always talk to yourself w/love)
You, my sweet, are chosen, holy and dearly loved! Put on therefore tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness and patience.
Be forbearing with others, forgive them just as Christ forgave you.
And above all this, Michelle, put on LOVE!
Let the peace of God rule in your heart . . . and be thankful, woman.
Michelle, let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teach your children and admonish them in psalms, hymns and spiritual songs . . . sing, Michelle, with grace in your heart to the Lord. You have every reason to!
Dear one, whatsoever you do today, whether in word, or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God.
See, pretty simple, right? Just think of it as a ‘note to self’ of sorts. It is just another way to meditate on His word, which we are to do day and night. Read and preach to yourself frequently! This is one of those cases where it is perfectly fine to be talking to yourself, I promise.
I cannot tell you much this changes the whole perspective of my days. The Holy Spirit brings to mind parts of the scripture at just the right time so I can adjust my course, if needed.
Try it, I dare you. Re-read the above but insert your name.