My Proverbs 31 devotion running today talks about the importance of guiding our thoughts, so that we don’t end up somewhere we don’t want to be. In the devotion, I mentioned a situation that happened to me as a child, but this lack of direction has happened in my adult life as well.
For example, just a few years ago I was traveling to a small town in Virginia to speak at a women’s event. I put my luggage in the car, carefully typed the destination address into my GPS, and set off on my trip.
I had full faith in where my GPS was taking me for several hours …… until I found myself on a dirt road in the country on the top of a huge grassy hill, surrounded by a bunch of goats who were as confused at my presence there as I was.
Apparently, I had been so caught up in my own thoughts, that I had not given any thought to where I was actually headed. I was simply following the instructions that my GPS was blurting out, instead of consciously choosing my direction or paying attention to my surroundings.
The Bible has a lot to say about controlling our thoughts. For example, Romans 12:2 says, “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” (NLT)
This verse reminds us not to think like the world does, but to allow Him to make us new and change the way we typically think. Why is that important? Because doing so pleases and glorifies God, but also because it helps prepare our hearts to hear from Him.
When our mind is swirling with thoughts fueled by bitterness, unforgiveness, anger, sadness, frustration, and stress, it becomes so clogged up with gunk that positive thoughts of God become harder and harder to focus on, making it near to impossible to hear God’s voice through the noise. When that happens, we may inadvertently travel farther and farther away from the person we want to be, and from God, and eventually end up in a place about as smelly as a goat field.
One of my favorite scripture verses is Proverbs 4:23 which says “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” And I love how a popular website explained this verse when it said, “The “heart” includes the mind and all that proceeds from it. Someone said that every sin we commit, we commit twice, once in our thoughts and again when we act upon those thoughts. It is easiest to rid our lives of sin if we attack it at this fundamental thought level rather than waiting for it to become rooted in our lives by our actions and then try to pull it out.”
Such a profound way to look at this concept. We think our thoughts are okay because they are silent and private. But they give life to sin which can eventually become action, and end up with negative results – or take us to a negative destination.
Let’s pull our thoughts up by the roots today and start planting some fresh seeds of love and grace in our hearts by spending time in God’s Work and seeking His power to direct our thoughts. When we rely on our heavenly GPS (Guidance of a Personal Savior) we will always end up in a good place. _______________________________________________________________________________________________
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