OK. I know the jingle goes, “get in the zone, auto zone”, right? But today I want to talk about “life zones” that often get out of alignment.
Proverbs 3:6 says
In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
A simple yet profound verse that comes with a promise that if we do something (acknowledge Him), the Lord will do something (make straight our paths).
The truth; I want my path to be straight. The other real truth, it’s hard to acknowledge God in ALL of my ways. Some ways, “sure come on in God” but others not so much.
A few weeks ago I shared about how I was feeling a little “kiddywampus” and I’ve been working on trying to get back in alignment. In doing so I’ve noticed that it usually just takes one thing being “off” to really affect the rest of my life.
But in trying to really live a life of alignment I need to keep God close and in all of my “ways”.
I believe that means with all of our being. Including our hearts, soul, mind, body and spirit. So basically in EVERYTHING we do. Publicly; how we interact with others, how we love, how we share our faith and live out our beliefs and also privately; how we communicate with the Lord. Our deepest thoughts and desires, what no one sees but God.
In all of those ways we acknowledge Him.
To acknowledge Him means- “to know, recognize.” The transliteration of the Hebrew verb for acknowledge is “yada’.” It means to know, to perceive, to distinguish, to recognize, to confess, to be acquainted with, to be wise about.
It means that we recognize he is God, and we acknowledge his authority in what we are doing. We must turn everything over to Him.
So how do we do that?
I think it’s important to look at what makes up our lives and who we are; I call them “alignment zones”:
Our heart: We are to LOVE Him with all of our hearts He should be above and before all things (HE should be our BAE) and if we are Christ followers our faith should be of utmost priority. We get out of alignment when: priorities are out of whack, “idols”/other things are put before God. Also we consider what belongs to our hearts; our families and loved ones. We need to build our homes and families so they point to the Lord. We also need to love others as He commands us to. And when we are challenged we acknowledge His power in our lives and ask for His help in mending relationships.
Our soul: We were uniquely created but we can miss the mark with comparisons or failing to live in our gifts and callings. When we acknowledge Him with our souls we submit all of our gifts and talents to His purpose.
Our mind: We take look at our thoughts and hold them up to the truth of Christ. We get off course with unhealthy thoughts that can be toxic and can lead to comparisons, jealous, lies, all which take our focus away from Christ and onto ourselves.
“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:5.
Our body: This one is tricky because I think there are two parts to consider here first, with our actions (flesh) and also with our actual bodies. We may have great intentions but intentions need to translate into ACTIONS. As Christians our actions and habits are critical to walking in a path that glorifies God. We miss the mark when our words and actions do not reflect our faith.
Likewise we are called to be good stewards of our bodies. This is a zone I am not so great at inviting God into but I definitely feel the pain of being out of alignment in this part of my life.
“Keep watching and praying that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Matthew 26:41
Our spirit: It’s in our spirit that we have meaning and purpose in life. At the deepest level our spirit enables us to love one another, our self and God. It’s through our spirit that we have communion and fellowship with God. Our spirit gives us intuition to choose between right and wrong
While our bodies, hearts and minds will actually fade and are temporary. Our spirit is eternal and we must live in a way where we are in constant communication with the Lord and living with an eternal perspective. We get out of alignment when we focus on a worldly or temporal perspective.
What a wonderful promise we have that the Lord will direct our steps when we include Him in every step.
Are there areas or zones in your life where you feel out of alignment? What has helped you get back on track?