Journal Entry ~ 03/20/19

1 If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.
2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. - Colossians 3:1-2

We all think - all day long. And what we think impacts our perspective, our moods, our decisions, our reactions. The question is what we’re thinking about. What do we choose to set our minds on?  Do you think about your thinking?

Here we are reminded to set our minds on things that are above and not on the things of the earth. We are reminded to think about our thinking...what are we focusing our thoughts on, what are we dwelling on every day? 

Our thoughts can be so consuming - there are so many challenges that can take our attention during the day. But we are told in scripture to take out thoughts captive and make them obedient to Christ. 

We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, - 2 Corinthians 10:5

We talk often about how we find His peace and His strength in our quiet times with Him, but then as we move into our day, the peace and strength are chipped away. I think the answer can be found in this verse...are we taking every thought captive? We cannot simply watch what we say, we have to watch what we think. If we let the thoughts in, the words are soon to follow. I have to spend more time thinking about what I'm thinking about, and call on His name when I feel those negative thoughts creep in.  

How do we bring our thoughts obedient to Christ? By setting out minds on things that are above, not on the things in front of you. 

Increasingly, I am trying to shift my thoughts from dwelling on my challenges and obstacles to dwelling on His glory, His greatness, and His power. There are so many things that can draw us away from Him....but those very things, those very challenges in our lives were all ordained and allowed by Him as part of His plan to point us all to Him. Dwelling on my worries or my trials only increases my anxiety, dwelling on Him increases my peace. 

Press on ~ you are loved 💗


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