Have you ever written anything on your walls before? I am certain I wrote on the walls as a child, because I was always wielding a crayon in hand looking for a place to express myself. My children never wrote on the walls that I remember; however, I vividly remember Laura writing on my new carpet. She was all of two years old and had just started sleeping in a big girl bed when it happened. I had put her down for a nap and went downstairs to clean the kitchen. I heard some noise upstairs, so I went to check on her. There she sat in the middle of the hallway with a box full of markers around her. When she saw me, she wasn’t concerned at all. She simply pointed to her artwork on the carpet and proclaimed. “Petty, Mommy, petty.” Thankfully, they were watercolors and they cleaned up rather easily and I learned to find a new hiding place for the box of markers.
Yesterday, I intentionally wrote on the walls in my house. In fact, I invited friends to come over and write on the walls with me. I am in the process of establishing an office in my home for the ministry and remembered reading in Deuteronomy 6 how God commanded the Israelites to write His word on their door frames of their houses and their gates [Deuteronomy 6:9]. I wanted to make sure the office for the ministry was completely dedicated to Him, so we spent the morning praying in the room and writing the scriptures God gave us on the walls. I will paint over the walls, but I will know every time I am in that room that I am surrounded and immersed in the word of God, literally. If you continue reading in Deuteronomy, you’ll see there is a promise from the Lord to those who follow this command, “Then it shall come about when the LORD your God brings you into the land which He swore to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to give you, great and splendid cities which you did not build,” [Deuteronomy 6:10]. I don’t know about you, but I’m all for that happening in my ministry and in my life.
Now, I am not suggesting you all go write scripture on the walls throughout your house and then have to paint the whole house…but you could. What I want to encourage you to do is to walk through your house and take a look at the things that surround you. Are they reminders of the Lord? Do they bring back memories of His faithfulness? Your walls may be covered with pictures of your family members who are reminders of how God has worked in their lives. You might have pictures or souvenirs from places you’ve traveled where you’ve marveled at the world God has created for our use and pleasure. It doesn’t have to be scripture to send your thoughts to God.
Philippians 4:8 says “Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things.” When you look around your house or your office or any place you spend a large amount of time, make sure the things around you are feeding your mind to fuel your pursuit of the Lord. If you do, then any day will be a good day, because you will find yourself constantly focusing on Him.
“This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” [Psalm 118:24]