“Search me, O God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
What flavors your thoughts? Peace… joy… anxiety… fear? Can one add their own ingredients to what has already been dished up? What if I don’t like what’s been given me?
The more life bombards our lives and minds with these sins…
“…All unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness… envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful…”
…The more it is imperative that we make a conscious effort to fill our minds and flavor our thoughts with the virtues below:
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Philippians 4:8
Sometimes our ears, eyes, lives and environment are relentlessly assaulted with sin. It’s in the newspaper, on the radio and television, on your computer’s homepage, and in the neighborhood.
And when something happens that hits rather close to home, it’s shocking. Our minds can’t help but dwell on it, working out the “why’s” and how’s.”
And doing so drags us down… spiritually, emotionally, mentally.
That’s when we ought to give it up… give it over to God, put it in His capable hands, and dwell on the pure… the good… the sweet and precious things.
They do exist.
When I was younger, I entertained thoughts of starting a newspaper called “The Good News Paper.” I wanted uplifting, edifying, and challenging news! I was tired of hearing about the horrors that happened overnight, while the good things were simply passed over as if they were nothing.
What is it that causes us to mentally embrace the bad over the good, without even knowing we’re doing so?
We are commanded to think on higher, purer, more encouraging thoughts.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the LORD.”
“As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
... Thoughts that bring peace, comfort, joy, strength, love, honor, respect, trust, rest, hope and longevity!
We have a choice... the ingredients are there for the taking...
So… what flavors will you choose today?