“Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.” Colossians 3:2
January is here, and with it the first bite of winter weather. I wore 4 layers out on my morning excusion with Marcie, and still shiverred my way through the yard. As I stood waiting for her to sniff over the leaf pile, I couldn’t help but see my breath, which only added to the sense of utter cold.
It occurred to me in that moment how quickly a single thought impacted how I felt. Seeing the steam led to a grumbly “Man it’s cold!”. Saying that made me more aware of the unhappy situation, and I ended up really focused on it.
Joyce Meyer teaches that our thoughts have power. I’m going to amend that a little and say that we can give our thoughts a lot of power. Basically, how we think often has a lot of sway over our mood and attitude. And I wonder – if that works for the negative, as in my example from today, couldn’t it just as easily work in a positive way?
Yes, it can. And the key lies in what thoughts we’re concentrating on. That sounds obvious, but it’s amazing how many thoughts we have that we aren’t even aware of. Any one of them, when strong enough or repeated enough, can take root in our minds and then our hearts. This isn’t a random design flaw in us – we were actually created this way.
The more I understand this truth, the more grateful I am for God’s mercy in providing His Word. From promises to proverbs to parables, scripture is filled with things to think about that bring life and joy. So why would I choose the alternative?