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What’s On Your Mind?

We are what’s on our minds

What's on your mind?

So what’s on your mind these days?  What fills your thoughts and occupies space in your brain cave?  This has been a very important question I’ve had to ask myself lately.  You see, lately what has occupied space in my mind has been things like: fear, doubt, shame, a desire to “succeed” at all costs, lust, greed – just to name a few.  All of which are not compatible with the way of Christ and living with the peace of God.

It is a true statement for sure that, “we are what we fill our minds with.”  If I allow fear and pride to take up residency in my mind then that is what will rule me and characterize my life.  This is why the encouragement of Paul to the people of God at Philippi is so necessary for us today.

Philippians 4:8-9

Finally, brothers (and sisters), whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthythink about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

Notice the promise of God as we think about such things and put them into practice.  It’s peace and not just any old peace but THE PEACE OF GOD! Pretty amazing.

Take a moment this week to slow down the pace of life and think about one or more of the above categories.  Ask God to remove those “things” in your mind that distract you or that are impure and replace them with His word and His best.

What occupies space in your mind these days? Leave a comment!

Comments

  1. Been chewing on this same question and scripture for the past few weeks.

    It fascinates me to see how hardwired we are in our western world to focus on money, objects, and fear of what others think so much of the time, all by default.

    For a few weeks I realized that my default was fear about money (not making enough in the short term) and if I was going to have any other state, it would have to be pursued intentionally. I got myself to peace and releasing the tension balled up in my back, but it took work getting quiet and connecting with God.

    Sounds funny reading that last sentence, that it took work to achieve peace. Seems so backwards.

    • mattheinricy says:

      Thanks for the comment Josh!
      I completely agree with you about the hard-wiring of our minds. It’s so hard to change that programming in our minds, but absolutely necessary. At least we know we are not alone and without help and hope.

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