What’s Running Your Life?

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What’s Running Your Life?

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By Joan Kelley

“Be careful what you think, because your thoughts run your life.”  Proverbs 4:23 NCV

If I stopped you in your tracks, mid-stream in your day and asked you, “What’s running your life?”  What would be your initial answer? Would you say – your schedule, your work, your finances, or your relationships?

If someone looked at your life with an unbiased opinion, what might they see that is running your life?  If someone looked at your time, your spending and your calendar, what clues would they find about what is dictating your day?

When we look at the deepest parts of our lives, the root of what is running our life is our thoughts – the places we let our mind intentionally and unintentionally go all day long.

What needs to shift in where you place your thoughts? What if we placed our thoughts on God first?  What if that’s how we started our days, lived our moments and ended our evenings – thinking on God and his ways for our lives?  How would our story line change?


Father, help us to direct our thoughts throughout our days to You.  Guide our minds to things that are from You in our relationships, work, ministry, finances and calendars.  Let our time be spent intentionally focused on You.  Amen





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About the Author:

Joan Kelley is the Director of Facilitator Development for oneLifemaps and a facilitator and teacher using the “Listen to My Life: Maps for Recognizing and Responding to God in My Story,” a visual workbook to be used in small groups, mentoring relationships, workshops, retreats, classes, between spiritual friends, or individually to re-discover the storyline of the life they are authoring with God. More information is available at www.oneLifemaps.com or Email Joan Joan is also co-founder of a ministry called Sacred. (www.mylifeissacred.com) that helps people set apart space to be with God at guided solitude retreats. Joan also teaches a spiritual formation class on Thursday mornings at Willow Creek Community Church.

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