Try this little experiment with me. Set a timer to go off in 2 minutes, and then just sit and think. After 2 minutes, think about what you thought about.
Did you think about…
· What you have to do today
· Worries you have
· Your plans this week
· How someone else is doing
· The show you watched last night
· How you wish your blog were doing better
· How your house got so messy….
We think all the time. Often our thoughts are numb, though. Frequently, our thoughts are all about the practical, about our feelings, and, well….me and mine.
God’s thoughts on our thoughts?
- · Take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ (2 Cor 10:5)
- · Think on: “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy…” (Phil 4:8)
- · Meditate on His precepts and promises (Joshua 1:8, for one…)
- · Bind His Words on our hearts and minds (Deut 6:8)
- · Grow in knowledge of Christ (2 Peter 3:18)
For you and I to obey these teachings, we have to start by getting our brains off of auto-pilot. Our thoughts have to become….thoughtful. Purposeful. Turned toward the Lord. Willing to learn and listen. Reflective. Focused less on earthly things and more on things above (Col 3:2.)
Unfortunately, just as our hearts don’t change because we tell them to our minds don’t either. To have thoughts that glorify, grow us, and put us in the presence of the Lord, we have to humbly ask. We have to see our error as our minds wander and switch into prayer.
That’s where praying without ceasing, setting our minds on things above, and thinking on “these things” all merge together and align.
We can begin by paying more attention to our thoughts. Pushed and pulled by the things we face and encounter moment by moment, our thoughts are often aimless and chaotic, lacking in direction and ultimate purpose.
Rather than “correcting our thinking” though, we can give the Lord our attention.
Remember in the moment that He is with you, hears you, and involved. The conversation can be constant, and as a result of being near to God, your thoughts will change. It’s inevitable.
Time your 2 minutes of thought again, but give your thoughts direction: turn them toward the Lord.