Getting Back to the Basics – Taking Inventory

We can complicate the simplest things when we allow our minds to run wild, can’t we?  I sat on my front porch early one morning last week and just breathed in the fresh air.  “Quiet my anxious heart and my mind Lord”, I prayed quietly.  As I sat there thinking about getting back to the basics of loving God and loving people, I realized that to get back to that place I needed some time of self-reflection.

It’s hard to love God and love others when our hearts and our eyes are seeking other things first…

Jesus was teaching in Matthew 6 when he says:

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.  But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.  (verses 19-21 NIV

What treasures am I storing up?  Where is my heart?  What am I chasing?

Jesus goes on to say:

The eye is the lamp of the body.  If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light.  But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness.  If then the light within you is darkness, how great is the darkness!  (verses 22-23 NIV)

What are my eyes focused on? 

Taking the time to reflect on these questions helped me sort through all the confusion going on in my mind and I am confident they will help you too.  When we get quiet with the Father, when we earnestly seek him, we will find him. 

Self-reflection is never fun and it’s always hard.  But one of the great things about the Father is that He always shows up!  When we pray and ask Him for help, He is right there to comfort us and lead us in truth.

Getting back to the basics will require us to start with a clean heart and a fresh mind.  If you have been feeling a little lost, confused about which direction to go, or looking for a fresh start I  encourage you to take time with the Lord and sort out where your heart is and where your focus has been.  He never corrects us to condemn us, but to bring us back closer to Him.    

Psalm 51, a song that David wrote after he had committed adultery with Bathsheba, is a great chapter to read and pray to help us get back on track and back to the basics.  I encourage you to read it today and journal about what God speaks to you.  You can print out a journaling sheet here to help you. 

With love,

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Do you need to get back to the basics too?  Would love for you to join this series!  Check out the first post here, Getting Back to the Basics.  

 

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