The Not-so-good Impulsiveness

Recently, I was speaking with a young friend about obedience issues.  I asked him what was his biggest challenge in being obedient.  He said “Well, my problem is that I do things on impulse.”  The conversation continued for another minute but that sentence stayed with me…”My problem is that I do things on impulse.”

I’ve been thinking about things that I do on impulse.  I impulsively pet my dog when she’s all hyper.  I impulsively give hugs.  I impulsively do probably too many things.  To be impulsive is to do something without giving it thought.  I know that there are times that I react to something my husband says too impulsively.

Being impulsive is not a discipline I wish to keep.  In my natural self, I can react and overreact causing an impulsiveness that is not reflecting of God in any way, shape or form.  I’ve been spending a lot of time lately contemplating time and studying the word “mind” in the Bible.  Many times in His word God tells me to make sure my mind is focused on Him.

If I am aware of Him, of what pleases Him (like Ephesians says), of the things He tells me to think about (as in Philippians), then maybe, just maybe, I will act and react less impulsively.  If my mind is on Him, maybe, just maybe I will see others as He sees them, maybe, just maybe, I will actually fulfill Psalm 19:14 “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in Your sight, O Lord, my Rock, and my Redeemer.”  If I am truly dwelling in His presence, maybe, just maybe I will recognize my negative impulsiveness before I actually act upon it.

“Lord, make me always aware of Your presence that my heart, mind, soul, and strength truly will love you and follow after You.”