Monday, June 22
Apostles' Creed Focus
“He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary.”
“Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.” - Psalm 43:5
Have you ever talked to yourself? I don’t mean out loud of course, but in your own head? If you did that too much, some might call you crazy! Ironically, this is what can be dangerous about self talk. Anyone who talks to themselves out loud to an irrational degree is told to seek help, but most are never confronted with what they speak to themselves in their mind. Sometimes we tell ourselves good things. We give encouragement to accomplish a difficult task, a hard test, or to finish a tiring workout. We may also talk to ourselves detrimentally. We shame ourselves, cause ourselves to doubt, and discourage our way out of a good thing. No matter the case, it can be said that the person we talk to and listen to the most is ourselves! David does this very thing in the Psalms.
One of the most beautiful things about Scripture is its ability to relate to an incredible amount of human situations, no matter the time or place. David’s range of emotions in the Psalms are genuine and useful to all that choose to read them. He is quite clearly talking to himself in this passage, just as we do all too often. What David is doing however, is a very healthy practice. He addresses his emotions and situation head on. Whatever is happening, it’s causing him despair and he just can’t shake it. Yet, he reminds himself of God’s promises and character. He correctly states how he feels and in the midst of that, he reminds himself of the great God he worships.
In taking David as an example, we can exam ourselves. How Christ-centered are your daily conversations with yourself? Where do you need to give yourself more grace? What area lack’s God’s truth the most? Remember, no one is more influential in your life than you are! Make a continual practice of renewing your mind by turning it back to the goodness of God.
Lord, you know every thought I’ve ever had and every feeling I’ve ever felt. Astonishingly, you care about every single one of them! Thank you for your constant reminders in my life. Please lead me to places that refresh my thoughts about you. Teach me to seek you more daily, even in the spaces of my mind. Amen.
Verses for Further Reflection
Change is all around us! Use this activity to help your kids understand that transformation is a part of God’s design and this change only happens through His power and grace.
Arm your kids with a notepad and pencil and ask them to document parts of God’s creation in various stages of change. You might do this by looking through nature books or taking a walk around your yard or a local park. Observe trees filling out with new leaves, young birds exploring their world, flowers sprouting petals, butterflies taking flight on newly formed wings.
Ask your kids if these things looked the same three months ago. Will they look the same three months from now? Then ask if all these transformations could occur without God’s influence. Could flowers bloom and caterpillars change to butterflies if there were no sunshine or rain?
Explain to your kids that God also desires people to grow and change. Just as creation continually relies on God’s power, our lives also need to be under God’s control. Then we can be transformed in wonderful ways by Him.