May 13, 2020
What is Your Normal?
“The Lord knows the thoughts of man…” Psalm 94:11
I eat the same thing each day. It never changes. In the morning it is the same. Lunch is a little different from breakfast, but it is the same every day. Supper a little different from breakfast and lunch, but it is the same every day. When I am out of town lunch differs a little, but not a great deal. It is my usual or always the same.
I remember years ago going to a restaurant every morning for breakfast. I ate there so much the waitresses would normally just say to me, “Want the usual?” I would acknowledge and they would bring it out.
Now God knows all about us. He knows what we need even before we ask. He knows our thoughts and desires. Some might say then there is no use to pray. Yet the Bible says, “We have not because we ask not.” Because God knows all about me shouldn’t that help me to rearrange my thought process.
Are we concerned about how God sees us and hears us? Are we concerned that our thoughts and actions always make an impact on God? Do we strive to make our thoughts and actions pleasing to God?
Often our normal is about pleasing self. We are going about our day doing what we want to do and thinking what we want to think. Yet what would happen if our normal was constantly thinking about God? So often we say, “I’m not perfect, just forgiven.” That is true, but God’s forgiveness doesn’t give us a license to do wrong. We must never take advantage of God’s forgiveness.
If God knows my every thought, then why not give Him my thoughts and let Him direct my actions. Imagine a life that is seeking to bring glory to God in every thought and action. Imagine a life truly dedicated to God in every way. Why not make that our normal. Why not become normal in the following of the Holy Spirit?
Why not try it for a little while. Change up your normal. Change up your routine. Don’t settle for what you have always done. Give your every day to God and let Him guide your actions.
Dear Jesus, help us to allow you to fix our normal. Help us not to get satisfied with the mundane of our everyday lives. Help us to focus on bring you glory in every action and attitude. Help us to be tuned in not to the usual, but to the glory of Your unusual. In your name we pray, Amen.