Take the Lead: Speak it. Think it. Do it.

“Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” (Joshua 1:8)

This last week, we’ve listened closely to God’s instructions to a new leader about to set off on an impossible mission that can’t possibly fail — because it is God’s mission. Have you noticed what God did not say to Joshua? “Just be like Moses, and you’ll be fine.”

boat_350God didn’t call Joshua to follow a human pattern for leadership. He called him to follow His own voice. Specifically, He told Joshua to find success by installing the Law on the hard drive in his head. “Don’t be consumed with asking, ‘What would Moses do?’ Be consumed with My Law. Speak it. Think it. Do it.”

Today, we can follow that same pattern with all of God’s Word (not just the Law). We can make the Bible our default setting for words, thoughts, and actions. Talk about it with friends and family. Roll it around in your brain while staring at the ceiling at night or moving through your day. Know it well enough to obey God’s instructions in every critical moment.

What a rich life that would be.

Think: What percentage of your words in a given day are about God or His Word? What percentage of your thoughts? How do your choices reflect those percentages?

Pray: Ask God to help you to be passionate about His Word and to spend more time talking about it, thinking about it, and acting on it.

Do: Start by memorizing today’s verse (Joshua 1:8) and rolling it around in your head as you fall asleep tonight.