Scripture: “Nothing is hid, that shall not be made manifest; nor anything secret, that shall not be known and come to light” — Luke 8:17
Strange as it may sound, golfing and singing have both taught me a great deal about personal development and spiritual maturity. The biggest lesson may be just how long it can take to realize lasting improvement. Another is the power, confidence, and ease that infuse your performance of any task, once the principles and skills are ingrained in your body. Making progress requires a strong desire and commitment to hang tough when you encounter frustrations and setbacks. Sometimes once you gain progress, you encounter a hurdle that causes you to wonder why what was working last week is suddenly not working today!
The definition of knock is “to strike a blow; to make a pounding noise.” This definition does not provide much insight other than to help us imagine that we probably won’t get very far without expending some energy and making a little noise! When I read the synonyms “persist” and “persevere,” I knew that is God’s message. Change is challenging. Jesus said, “Knock” to tell us we will have to be persistent and persevere to become the persons we are called to be.
Time spent practicing any skill allows you to take basic instruction and adjust the procedure until it is tailor-made for you. In time, you develop muscle memory. Once whatever you are working toward reaches this state, your mind is no longer occupied with the mechanics, and you are able to enjoy the process. The same applies to attitudes, habits, or ideas regarding God’s will for your life. Knocking is the process of exerting the energy and mental attention required to work things out, and instill lasting change. Knocking builds God’s principles into your “default,” as described by Malcolm Gladwell in his book Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking. It becomes part of you. It is your truth.
You have to persist in any endeavor when you see less progress than you like. You have to persevere when your head or heart knows what to do, but the actions you are taking just are not working for some reason. You have to persevere when your timing is not God’s timing. Consider that the times when you are standing outside the door, waiting and pounding, are opportunities for your personal growth and transformation. God wants to build our character. Perhaps the times when we have to knock are times God is getting us and our circumstances ready for the next step.
“How often – even before we began – have we declared a task ‘impossible?’ And how often have we construed a picture of ourselves as being inadequate? . . . A great deal depends upon the thought patterns we choose and on the persistence with which we affirm them.” — Piero Ferrucci
A.S.K. (the Higher Choices Process)
Ask – questions to discover the direction God would suggest you take.
|1. What ideas do you want to explore as part of your personal truth?|
|2. What obstacles can you remove by figuratively “striking a blow?”|
|3. Do you have an unrealized goal that simply did not receive enough time? Can you try again with more persistence?|
|Seek – ideas on choices that will take you further along your higher path.|
|Knock – truth embraced through practice and persistence; abiding.|