I appeal to you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may prove what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. For by the grace given to me I bid every one among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith which God has assigned him.
Thought for the Day: Slow the earthly thoughts to be able to hear God’s calling
Substituting in a school nearby has become something I love doing. So far, I have subbed in kindergarten and first grade. As I substituted in one classroom for the third time, I heard “Hi, Mrs. Locke” and received hugs from several of the students as they walked in the door. How warming that has been and how my heart has felt uplifted. After a long time of not teaching, it has been so rewarding to pick up a book to read or to teach a lesson on sequencing or action verbs. Memories have flooded back of students I have taught in the past and some of those fun lessons I have had the privilege to teach. God called me those thirty or so years ago to begin teaching and through that time I felt blessed to have been called to the teaching profession. But as time has passed of not having a teaching position that strong thought of calling has seemingly faded. Doubt, fear, and inadequate feelings have slowly eased into my mind that I am not good enough. But then God has reminded me of that calling once again and through enjoyment of teaching in these different classes, the warm feelings have returned.
It is amazing how our thoughts let the earthly things around us affect how we hear God’s calling for our lives. Times of struggle, feelings of inadequacies, moments of grief, and so many more emotional elements in life block God’s calling if we let them. Thinking back over the last year of my life, personally, I can see where God has called me and where I have felt His blessings for me. But, I can also see where those earthly struggles have blocked me from God and have blocked my eyes from seeing His calling in my life. In Romans 12, we read, “Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may prove what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Renewal of the mind….that’s what my “calling” is today where I can hear God’s calling for me today.
Prayer: Father God, You are Awesome and You are our Lord and Savior. Help us today to slow our earthly thoughts down enough to hear Your voice calling us. Help us adjust our thoughts to feel the renewal of the mind that You desire for us. You are calling us Lord and we want to hear You. Let us hear You today. Amen.
Prayer Focus: God’s Calling