Responsible Thinking

“But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?” Genesis 3:9

It is my desire to keep this very simple, because the effectiveness is in the simplicity.

I have worked with a curriculum called Responsible Thinking for two and a half years. It is designed to engage someone’s thought process through a series of questions. The questions then allow for a change in behavior. They work if asked consistently and produce change when answered honestly. The questions are: 

What are you doing?

What are the rules about that?

What happens when you break those rules?

Is that what you want?

What are you willing to do now?

What will happen the next time you break those rules?

Very simple and very effective. People think that I am joking when I say that they even work on my dog, but I promise you that I am not. When he starts drooling around the dinner table, I ask, “Boxer, what are you doing?” He starts to walk around the table, but not away from it. Then I ask, “What are the rules?” and he will go lie down away from the table. I never have to ask the third question of him. After this long of asking the questions, it has become second nature. But tonight, much like Adam, I was asked.

God doesn’t ask us where we are or what we are doing because He doesn’t know. But He does want to hear our response as it relates to the standard. In case you had not noticed, God has purpose and order and everything. There are rules, and sometimes we need to answer those questions simply to have a chance to change. Tonight He asked me:

What are you doing? “Doubting…you.”

What are the rules? “To trust you.”

What happens when you break that rule? “I feel like this..”

Is that what you want? “No.”

What are you willing to do now? “Trust you.”

He didn’t ask the final question. I already know. When I start to doubt again, start to put more stock in the natural and the human ways, I will be denying myself the chance to experience the rules of the spiritual – that God’s love never fails, that no one lands on a cloud, and even if I land on my butt, He will pick me back up.

What is it for you? If God decides to ask those questions of you today, or this week, or in this season, how will that go? Why don’t you find out? Listen as He speaks to you. The reason He reached out to Adam was to restore the relationship. He desires to have things as they should be. So even if you do not hear Him asking these questions of you, consider your answers as it relates to God’s desire for your life?

What are you doing? 

What are the rules?

What happens when you break those rules?

Is that what you want?

What are you willing to do now?

What will happen the next time you break those rules?

Answer honestly. Receive the grace that allows you to change your course. Then move forward in a restored relationship with Him.

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