Wednesday, October 05, 2011

I know I should watch
my meditation.
It is important to guard
my thoughts.
It is a battle to not
be taken captive.
It's hard to think
after you.
There are so
many things that compete
for my thoughts,
so many things that call after
my desires.
It really is war, fought in the neighborhoods
of my mind.
"If only" commands too much of
my meditation.
"I wish" controls too much of
my thoughts.
"I need" fights for
control.
It is so easy in the midst
of it all to forget
the one thing I was created
to remember:
You.
I now confess
it is so easy to lose sight of
Your presence
Your power
Your kingdom
Your glory
Your plan
Your grace.
In my right mind I know that
forgetting is the
first step in losing
my way.
So, I humbly ask once again,
O, Spirit of wisdom and grace,
please empower me to
meditate on You,
please enable me to fight
distraction.
Please deliver me from the
one thing I cannot escape:
my fickle heart.
So that everything
I do would bear the mark of
remembering You.

13 Comments:

At 8:45 PM, Blogger mercygraceword said...

Oh yes!
Perfect timing as I fight to leave the quicksand of TV behind to spend time with Him.

 
At 1:10 PM, Blogger Rick Beard said...

Thanks Paul. As a pastor only a couple of years younger than you I find I am struggling more than ever to take captive my thoughtlife: thoughts of a different ministry, better ministry, past failures, and current struggles. This is a good reminder of the battle for an undivided heart.

 
At 11:48 AM, Blogger Vince Larson said...

I love this! It is a constant battle... one I have been not fighting so well lately. Thank you for your reminder.

 
At 4:52 PM, Anonymous Jackson said...

Very good words of encouragement.
thanks
sincerely
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awesome! Reminds me of "Valley of Vision" poems/prayers :)

 
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