I recently attended a workshop on executive functions–which just means what you need to do to execute anything. The acronym we were taught was S.T.O.P..
S = Space
T = Time
O = Objects
P = People
For example, if I’m leaving work and want to stop at the grocery store before a 6:00 appointment, I need to think of the route I want to take (Space), I need to work backwards from 6:00 and think of the drive time to and from the grocery store and determine how much time I can spend at the grocery store (Time). I also need to think of what I need to bring, like my wallet and passport and what I need to buy (Objects). And of course, I need to think of Mike’s likes and dislikes when I grocery shop and the person that I’m meeting at 6:00 (People).
I was thinking about executive functions in the spiritual realm.
S = Space – We are pilgrims in this world, just passing through. Our citizenship is in heaven. Psalm 84:5; Hebrews 11:13; 1 Peter 2:11
T = Time – We need to use our time well now, but will soon live in eternity. Ecclesiastes 3:11; Isaiah 57:15; Ephesians 5:16; Colossians 4:5
O = Objects – We hold them lightly and know how to be content with much or little. Acts 2:45; Philippians 4:11; 1 Timothy 6:8
P = People – We treat them as we would like to be treated, loving them unconditionally and giving grace and mercy. Matthew 7:12; John 13:34
What do you think?