COLLECTING MY THOUGHTS
Recently my hobbies have taken a different course. I am now actively collecting my thoughts, drawing flies, and stirring dust. Collecting my thoughts takes more of my time by far. Drawing flies and stirring dust take little to no effort.
I’m pretty sure I am not always collecting the thoughts God intended, however. It’s easy to dwell on things I want to do, things I cannot do, and things I cannot change. My head gets full of ways to fix problems that I have no business trying to fix. I hear the ‘what ifs’, and the ‘shoulds’, and ‘coulds’ ringing in my ears – and not in a musical way. I am gathering worrisome feelings, echoing my own mistakes, and sentencing others to my opinions. When that happens, sometimes jealousy, judgment, and anger sets in. The thoughts I am collecting become sin in action.
When going through trials of any kind, it is easy to let negativity sneak in. A difficult crisis such as cancer or other health problems can distract from God’s promise of joy. My head rattled with worrisome thoughts such as regret, loss of faith, bitterness that came from anger. It is easy to wonder “why me?” when such a disaster strikes. It is easy to imagine the worst outcome. Even the most stalwart Christian who clings to God’s faithfulness can slip into depression and sadness.
God would be far more pleased if I collected His promises and His words of truth. I would then accumulate calm, peace, and assurance. I could depend on His will and His direction.
A good idea is to re-charge every day. God is merciful – every new morning. He allows for mistakes, and is quick to forgive and hand out new grace for us to use and start over.
How can I collect new thoughts that are productive and full of hope? How do I re-charge those positive ideas? Romans 12:2 says to renew our minds by not being conformed to the world, but by proving what is good and acceptable, and perfect will of God. We know that what is good, acceptable and perfect is only found in the true word of God. Ephesians 4:23 says to renew the spirit of your mind. ….
We are told in II Timothy 3:16 “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, and for reproof, correction and instruction in righteousness.”
That must mean that whatever is happening, whatever the problem, there is an answer in the scripture. I can gather all of these thoughts and store them in the recesses of my mind, pulling them up for every instance in my life. I know that the scripture has words of hope, wisdom, and discernment. It contains words for prayer and meditation. It shows me how to wait on the Lord to solve those problems that are beyond my fixing.
Most of all, I can “Trust in the Lord with all my heart, and lean not unto my own understanding.” If I “acknowledge Him in all my ways, He will direct my paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6
His words are better than my words, His ways, His judgments are far better than mine. I will gather up those thoughts, store them, and rely on them. My new hobbies can include collecting true scripture, drawing closer to Him, and stirring hope and resolution in my heart. With that plan, I cannot fail!
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