What determines me having a good day or a bad day? What controls my actions and feelings on any given day? It’s the thoughts of my mind.
We are “led by our thoughts.” We’ve heard that all our lives, yet thoughts pour through our minds like a creek out of its banks. But what kind of water is gushing forth? We clean up our creeks and rivers, but we neglect the stream of thoughts that flood our minds daily.
We get up groggy in the morning. Our minds have been swimming in those dark mysterious waters of the unconscious all night. We have been awash in dreams and wild thoughts from which we have little defense. And so we slowly awake from the jet lag left in the wake of our “good night’s sleep,” and we stumble into the kitchen for our favorite go-juice and begin to try order our day.
If we are not careful, thoughts from who knows where pop into our minds–thoughts of the earth and earthbound people. Doubts, frustrations, regrets, revenge, desires for material things we can’t or shouldn’t have, and trivialities all race like speedboats through our mind. And though we are awake and smelling the toast and spreading the jelly, we can unconsciously think these types of thoughts, most unaware of their origin. And their origin is not from above, but from beneath.
What are we to do? The early Christians were admonished by the apostle Paul to “let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.” We have to let it. But it order to let Christ’s mind be in us, we have to know what His thoughts were. “Who being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God.” Yet, he humbled himself and served others by loving them and laying down His life for them. He was all about helping the future sons and daughters of God get to where they need to go. His mind was full of the purpose and plan of God, which is God reproducing Himself in a body of many children (Phillipians 2:5-8). He later says to think on the true, honest, just, pure, and lovely things, and “the God of peace shall be with you” (4:8-9). We are to think this way.
I find that I must immediately in the morning “get my mind right.” I do it by thanking God for saving me out of the depths of depravity. I thank Him for the truth and for His purpose in bringing forth many sons and daughters. And then I read about His wishes and desires for us, and then the fog lifts, the waters of my thoughts clear, things come into focus and joy rushes in and I pick up my pen and write these very words you are reading right now. And, somehow, I know that someone will read them and be helped along this road to immortality. Kenneth Wayne Hancock
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