Thursday, 16 July 2015

A Wandering Mind Is Not A Bad Thing.

As long as you don’t let it wander you into the gutter.

You need to remember that you are in control of your thoughts and not the other way round.  Many times, we forget this. That we can mute or delete any thought that does not take us to a God pleasing destination. At the very minimum, like I recently discovered, even if your thoughts are taking you down a fast lane in the wrong direction, it is possible to redirect them.

I read a post recently and its author was saying that if we tracked where our thoughts wandered to unconsciously, it would give a pretty good idea of what we truly worshipped. I decided to find out what I truly worshipped so as best as I could, I began to track my thoughts. You know what I found out?

True, sometimes my thoughts were anxious. I worried about my LBS and how I think I dropped the ball somehow with him spiritually. I did better with his older siblings my thoughts told me. I messed up, my thoughts chided. How will you right this wrong now, they asked me. I stayed in this place for a bit but then I caught myself. I began to refute these negative thoughts. I re-directed my mind towards God’s Word that I had hid inside of me. My LBS is taught of the Lord and great is his peace. Before he was born, all the days of his life had been mapped out by God. All of God’s plans for his life, including his spiritual life, were good. God has given me all I need to train him up to live a godly life. I might have dropped the ball but my God allows U-turns. 

And true, sometimes, my thoughts were afraid. September fees are coming again, they reminded. Medical bills are mounting. How shall we cope, my thoughts asked trying to drag me to a dark place but once again I caught myself and was able to redirect my thoughts back to God’s Word. My PapaGod would never leave me nor forsake my family to deal with our bills alone. He is the same God who saw us through ABC and He will see us through XYZ now. He is our Source and an All Sufficient One at that. Slowly but surely the worry-wrinkle in the middle of my forehead eased away and a smile broke through. My mind can wander all it wants. It is my job to stop it whenever it tries to drag me to a sad, bad, afraid place.  

I found out that this is one job that God has empowered me to do. The only qualification required was knowledge of what God has said about me and my life in His word. Having this qualification meant that every time my mind wandered; no matter where it went, it always took me back to my PapaGod and you know what else I found out? 

I worship God. Not my challenges. Yes, I think about them but by the special grace of God, I don't let my mind mould them into idols. 

How about you?

Here is wishing you a lovely long weekend even as you give my words some thought.


Psalm 16:8
I am always thinking of the Lord; and because he is so near, I never need to stumble or fall.

5 comments:

  1. Deep and sooo true - what we think about reveals what we truly worship.
    I listened to a sermon recently and the preacher mentioned how we'll be judged not just by our words but also our thoughts. Jolted me o!
    We need this reminder always.

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    1. Wow! I didn't even know that! Our thoughts too?
      Thanks for sharing Sofiat. Thanks especially for coming by!

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  2. Hmmmm it seems your thoughts are also my thoughts... Mine being LBD (No not Little Black Dress lol)... But like you, after all the cross country journeying, it's destination is still God and I'm so grateful for that phew! But like one comment said.. We are not to worship our challenges - Yinka Enahoro (Jewelled Butterflies)

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    1. Yinka!!!! Sis, it's great to 'see' you here.
      Lol@ LBD.....I gerrit.
      My dear....thank God for His Spirit in us that reels us back home to our truths!
      Thank you so much for visiting!

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  3. This brought me back to earth. Let the word of God flow.

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