Step 10 has been quite the step in our journey! We have talked about taking the right turn at our crossroads, spiritual warfare, and how to take a daily inventory as Step 10 advises us. Now that we know the dangers we could encounter along our path, let’s take a look at our plan of action and the foundation we need to carry it out.
In my last post, I shared with you questions I ask myself daily.
1. How have my interactions affected others?
2. What am I doing that I could do better?
3. Have I been wrong today?
By asking these three questions, I can determine what areas I’m glorifying God and what areas need some work. I am a work in progress and in taking a look at my daily life helps me to improve.
In the Apostle Paul’s letter to the church of Ephesus, he is laying out for them a roadmap, if you will, of how they can live their lives in order to glorify God. More than that, though, he was writing the letter for you and for me. Don’t we all wish life came with an instruction manual for us to refer to? Well, we are in luck, because we have an instruction manual! The Bible is the word of God spoken through many people to convey the truth of how to live our lives. The Book of Ephesians is a book of the Bible I refer to often.
My action plan for my daily inventory includes Ephesians 2:20 which says,
“…having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the cornerstone,”
In reading this, I know that the foundation of my faith is built upon relying on Jesus as the cornerstone. I lean on Him to comfort me in my times of heartache, I seek His wisdom when I am in need of direction, and I praise Him for giving me new hope in my life. He is the cornerstone of the foundation I stand on.
Imagine it this way, when a general contractor begins to build a house, he starts by clearing the land. Then he prepares the soil to receive the concrete for the slab foundation. He brings in heavy steel bars to reinforce the concrete once it is poured. Without these bars, the concrete would crumble under the weight of the wood, nails, shingles, and sheet-rock that makes up the house’s bones. Jesus represents the steel bars. He is the reinforcement that came before my faith. His reinforcement was His death and resurrection on which my faith is built.
My plan of action against spiritual warfare is Jesus. My plan of action to improve myself after reviewing my daily inventory is the foundation on which I stand. Standing firm on my foundation will ensure I can continue, one day at a time, towards improving my actions and reactions to others. This will lead to improved relationships and a life of serenity.
Take me to the next post in the series.
Think About It:
What is your plan of action?
What is the foundation of your beliefs?
Do you feel more comfortable taking a daily inventory after having done it for a little while?
Make it a point to reflect on your day. You can do it in a journal or run it over in your mind, but always take it to God in prayer.
Journal About it:
Follow along in the My Journey Journal© (subscriber password required) and write about how the questions and scriptures today resonated with you. As you write, thank Him for showing you the way in your journey.
Pray About it:
As you think and write, say this prayer with me.
Thank you for helping for being my firm foundation. Thank you for giving me the Bible as my own instruction manual for life in this world. Help me to constantly improve my daily interactions so I may live a life of serenity.
In Jesus' name,
Talk About it:
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