Sermon "Skill in Your Hand & God in Your Heart"

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Talking to Myself

My Morning Prayer: Good morning Lord. Thank You for the blessing of another day. I am grateful for another day to live, another day to love and another day to serve.

Lord, on the way home from work yesterday, I was having a conversation with myself about..well the people I have conversations with. I was thinking about how I have to talk to people pretty much all day every day. I talk to my wife, I talk to my daughters. I talk to people at work, I talk to people at church. I talk to people I know very well, I talk to people I barely know at all. I talk to people I have been knowing my whole life, and sometimes like in the grocery store or some other place, I talk to people I've met for the first time. And in all of that talking with all of those people, I realized that the person I talk to the most is....me.

Father, I don't know if to others that might be a silly revelation to have, but for me it was quite profound. And the reason it was an epiphany is because I realized that this person inside of me who I talk with all the time, who is..me (ok I will call him "Lil E") ..ok so I realized that because I am always talking with Lil E, then Lil E has to be the person in my life who has the most influence over me, aside from You of course. I mean, as soon as I wake up, the first person I hear from in the morning is Lil E. He is either telling me things like, "Eric, you should have gone to bed earlier last night", or he may ask me a question like "what day is it?". Then after I get up and..well go to my 'meditation closet', I may have my iPad with me for reading, and he sometimes says "hey, let's see who posted on FB while we were sleep", or he might say "no, no we should read our daily devotional on the bible app first...then we can check FB!". And I could go on and on about the conversations I have with Lil E throughout the day, but I won't drag out our prayer time together Lord with details that You already know. But my point is, more than I talk to anyone else, I talk with Lil E.

And so today God, I am interceding for Lil E. I pray that You make sure that when he talks to me, that he will say what You want him to say. Because frankly Father, Lil E sometimes speaks negativity and doubt and fear and all kinds of other stuff into our life. I can be approaching some situation or challenge, and Lil E will just go on and on about how terrible it will be, how likely I will fail, or you know just going through the list of the worst possible scenarios. Don't get me wrong, without a doubt Lil E is my own best friend, but sometimes he can be my own worst enemy too. That troubles me because from the rest of my enemies I can hide or flee, but from Lil E will always be with me. So Lord, I pray that You will continue to change and sanctify me and Lil E, and use him to speak life and faith and hope and strength into our life.

Lord, I know Your spirit lives with in me, so continue to change me from the inside out. To borrow from the psalmist I say "Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer." I love You. In Jesus name. Amen!

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