Mind control

Mind control“I hate it when he does that.” “Oh, she irritates me so bad.” “Why am I the one who always has to do it?” Have you ever asked those questions?

Surely not. Surely it’s just me who ever sinks that low. Surely the rest of you always think sweet and kind thoughts toward your family and friends.

Or maybe not.

The Bible talks a lot about this so that makes me think it’s kind of important. Let me break it down with some scripture to back up my hypothesis.

Philippians 4:8 NKJV says this: Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.

Focus on their good qualities? You mean I have to control my thoughts? Whaa? How do I do that?

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 NKJV

Every thought? You mean, don’t let my mind run wild? And just how long exactly do I have to do that?

And let us not lose heart and grow weary and faint in acting nobly and doing right, for in due time and at the appointed season we shall reap, if we do not loosen and relax our courage and faint. Galatians 6:9 AMP

Oh, so that’s a while. I guess I’ve got some work to do.

Hurry up and wait

Doesn’t it seem that time either creeps by at a snail’s pace, or races by in a dizzying blur? Doesn’t it seem that there is no middle ground? Why is this? Do you remember when Christmas just could not get here fast enough, and now when we see the decorations start going up, we feel anxious because it’s coming again? Dear Lord, the pressure!

I even heard someone say once that time is actually speeding up. The conspiracy-theorist in me wanted to agree, but the realist in me said, “Not.”

When I’m waiting for an answer or waiting for direction, or waiting for my next move, I am desperately impatient. And life seems to do that to me a lot; I find myself in a holding pattern that I’m just sure I’ll never get out of. Then all of a sudden, things change and my life charges forward into a new phase and it’s exciting.

Being happy right where we are is the challenge. One of my favorite scriptures in Philippians reminds me to think on the good instead of the bad. Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy… meditate on these things. (Phil. 4:8)

And this scripture can be applied to so many different things. When I’m impatient, I need to think on the good. When I’m sad, I need to think on the good. When I’m angry or hurt, I need to think on the good.

Whatever curve ball life might be throwing at you, I encourage you to think on the good. When people drive you crazy, I encourage you to think on the good. When you know change is coming but it’s not quite there yet, I encourage you to think on the good. It may not solve any major problems, but it makes the holding pattern much more bearable.