Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.
– Romans 12:2
I used to love to coach sports….for a couple of reasons. One is because I was an athlete myself and even still love playing most sports. It also probably makes a difference that I have 5 boys and they all play sports. But, one of the things I loved most about coaching is the ability to relate things to life. So much of what takes place in sports can relate to our daily lives.
I was reminded of this one time when my son was in a tough situation during his baseball game. His team was down by 3 runs. There were runners on 2nd and 3rd and he was up to bat. There were 2 outs and it was the bottom of the last inning. Classic scenario! I had been in his place several times and realized the stress that can be involved. It reminded me how much of baseball is mental. He knew what needed to happen in his mind. He heard his coach, his team, fans, the parents, all cheering him on to get a hit. At that moment, I wished I could have given him some sort of noise cancellation system that allowed him to only hear the things that would help. Nothing negative, only positive. Well, I’d love to tell you that he got a hit, but that didn’t happen. In fact, he struck out. No big deal. It happens! But, I do think there are some good analogies here.
We have a lot of noise in this world. Lots of things have the ability to distract us and it’s difficult to keep our minds focused. Our noise cancellation system, in our relationship to Christ, is the Scriptures. When we study and apply God’s Word to our lives and when we passionately pursue Jesus daily, the noise of the world is quieted and we can hear Him clearer. Sure, you still know the noise is out there, but the level of the roar is reduced. When we ignore these basic disciplines, the noise of the world increases and can even become deafening – and our lives suffer because we no longer hear God’s words to us.
Jesus didn’t intend to remove us completely from the noise of the world even with its temptations, hurts, injustices and evil. Rather, He intends to protect us in the midst of these dangers – effectively canceling the world’s noise – to a point where we can hear and respond to God’s Word and our lives can be lived joyfully and effectively for Him.
So, today, I encourage you to use your “noise cancelling device,” God’s Word, to drown out the voices that want to distract you from God’s best. Tune in to Him and allow His voice to ring loud in your mind and heart. Trust me, I believe you’ll understand and begin living out His good and pleasing and perfect will for your life!!