August 7th, 2014
As I sit on the deck with my morning coffee I close my eyes and my mind is infiltrated with thoughts of upcoming events, loved ones I need to connect with, a growing to-do list as well as memories of long ago. I find myself saying “excuse me, but would you kindly move aside to make way for my Jesus?”
Phil 4:8-9 NKJV Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy – meditate on these things. (9.) The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.
What occupies your mind? Do you let your mind wander? How intentional are you about what you dwell on? Have you ever tried trading one thought for another?
For example, you’re driving down the road and you find yourself thinking about XYZ. Could be anything; doesn’t even have to be a “bad” thought. A conversation with a co-worker about a deal you’re working on. A recent outing with a friend. A family member that you haven’t seen in a while. While these may not be “bad” thoughts are they bringing forth life?
What if it went something like this: Lord, I’d like to trade in my thoughts about the deal I’m working on for thoughts of the goodness of Christ. Lord, can you please tell me about, show me your goodness. Like now. I choose to set aside my thoughts of things of this earth for thoughts of you. I choose to gaze upon the fullness of Christ and what that means for my life here and now. Lord, I’d like to trade in my thoughts about ____________________ and instead thank You and praise You for all the good in my life and all the ways I am a blessed child of the most high God.
Christ came that you might have life and life abundantly. Let’s leave the dead zone behind and choose to occupy our minds with thoughts that are pure, lovely, and praiseworthy. God’s peace will follow.