Open My Mind, Lord
Jeremiah 33 vs 3
“Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.”
Not so long ago, I discovered that thinking is one of the most difficult aspects of life. To have the ability to see things in a logical manner, break down issues and carefully chart a way forward, is a gift that eludes many.
It’s easier to just fumble through life and abdicate from the responsibility of thought. When you move away from your God given ability to synthesise and think through things, you begin to embark on a perilous journey that is marred by mediocrity, dejection and failure.
Success is the ability to start something and see it through, to wade with it in both the shallow and the deep waters and cross the finish line with it. People generally feel that Christianity or the practice of faith means that your life is going to be easier, and that through it you will start receiving all manner of gifts with very little effort.
Our prayer is to lead a life of ease where we wine, dine and enjoy everything that life can offer. When this and many other prayers are not met, we become disillusioned with the process of prayer and the belief of God. Within this life we have been given, we owe it to ourselves to be able to think through things and carefully put everything in the section they are meant to be.
The ability to see things clearly is a gift that only the Lord can bestow on a person; one of the most significant prayers you can ever make is to ask the Lord to give you the gift of clarity of thought.
Once you begin to see things clearly, this will be the turning point in your life. You will begin to see the world in a totally different light; things that were difficult and concepts that were abstract will come alive and the world as you know it, will take on a new dimension.
To tap on this endless resource of thought, one must attune his senses to the Lord. You must begin to listen a lot more than you have ever done. One might ask: how do you listen? So many people live in a world where they have very little time to just be still and listen, to allow the mind to breathe, and release it from the endless worry that it is accustomed to.
Start by seeking inspiration through the things that inspire you, things that make you happy and allow you to hear the Lord. Through reading your Bible in these moments, His word will begin to speak in a language that resonates with your needs and senses, every verse read will be a personal letter to you and your situation.
As you begin to get accustomed to a routine of quiet time where your mind is wandering in the realm of inspiration, you will begin to see a new world open unto you. Many have taken the reading of the Bible as a pursuit not worth following, but in these periods of reflection, the Bible will begin to open your mind to things and ideas you never thought were possible.
Thought is the sum total of the decisions you will make, the things you will do thereof, and the choices you will settle on. Pray that the Lord will open your mind, breathe life into your vessels and that you begin to see life with a new clarity as never seen before. Find your way to greatness through Him that created you.
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