I had lots of errands to do today and some of them didn’t go as planned. Nothing major when compared with the problems of the world, just annoying to me. I prayed for a calm heart, and I took C. J. Mahaney’s advice in Living the Cross Centered Life. Instead of listening to myself complain and whine about my piddly little problems, I talked to myself. Here’s what C. J. says: On a daily basis we’re faced with two simple choices. We can either listen to ourselves and our constantly changing feelings about our circumstances, or we can talk to ourselves about the unchanging truth of who God is and what’s He’s accomplished for us at the cross through His Son Jesus.
Amazing what a little talk can do! I realized that my day that wasn’t going the way I planned wasn’t really that big of a deal in the scheme of things. He arranged the day and the circumstances and, at first, I didn’t respond biblically. But God is faithful! When I prayed (and sent a text for my husband to pray [pray for me. bad day]), the Holy Spirit reminded me of the words I had read in C. J.’s book. Thank you, Lord! Thank you for reminding me that “nothing else–not even things that are biblical and honorable–are of equal or greater importance than this: God sent His Son to the cross to bear His wrath for sinners like you and me. If there’s anything in life we should be passionate about, it’s the gospel. And I don’t mean passionate about sharing it with others; I mean passionate in thinking about the gospel, reflecting upon it, rejoicing in it, allowing it to color the way we look at the world at the world and all of life.”
If you haven’t read Living a Cross Centered Life, I urge you to read and re-read it. It will have a life-changing effect on your life!