They say it’s a woman’s prerogative to change her mind. But have you ever actually tried to change your mind—in a deeper sense, as in trying to change how your mind works, what your default settings are, and how your thoughts affect your actions?
Our church has been covering the spiritual aspects of that question lately, and here are some of the lessons I’ve learned.
What you feed your mind will lead your mind.
Catchy? Sure, but also a good warning to watch our input, to make sure the sources feeding our minds are controlled and the input we choose matches the output we want. We can begin to meet that challenge by:
- identifying toxic thoughts, whether they come from within us or are pumped into us from without.
- identifying the truths that fly in the face of those toxic lies.
- identifying the sources of our thoughts, whether true, toxic, or simply distracting.
If this already feels impossible to you, remember, the Bible says that we are to:
- take every thought captive to make it obedient to Christ
- be transformed by the renewing of our minds
- think on what is right and true and lovely.
God doesn’t ask us to do anything he isn’t ready to empower us to do.
There’s an old and powerful book called The Practice of the Presence of God. The title itself is lesson enough today. We have to practice keeping our minds on Christ, staying aware of his presence. So much of our thought life is based on habits we’ve built—or practiced—over time. So what, exactly are we practicing? Here are a few clear directions. I challenge you to memorize one of these verses this week. ‘Hope you’ll let me know which one you choose.
- “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God” (Colossians 3:1).
- “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God”(Philippians 4:6).
- “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” (Philippians 4:9).
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