As I spooned the browned hamburger into the strainer, steam billowed up in a white cloud. What was that? I remembered to capture the thought and held it for a moment before it evaporated.
I was jealous of someone.
Do you ever think these types of things?
Something really bad is going to happen.
I will never get and stay healthy.
My kids won’t be okay.
This anxiety will never completely go away.
I’m not good enough. (strong, skinny, pretty, etc.)
I’ll make a fool of myself.
I’m not adequate or educated enough to write a book. (insert your activity)
I won’t sleep well tonight.
I’m still angry with him and he doesn’t deserve my forgiveness.
I don’t want her to succeed.
My husband or kids might be in an accident.
My faith is weak and I don’t have enough.
Someone hurt me by what they said or did.
When you think these things, who is talking?…. Right. Satan lies to us all the time, distracting us with negative thinking patterns. He wants to pollute our minds and influence us to carry out sinful actions. Your actions flow from the state of your attitude or heart.
My ears have been perking up lately when I hear a verse from the Bible about the mind.
Here are a few:
Eph. 4:22-24 “You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.”
Phil. 4:6-7 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition and with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your heart and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Psalm 19:14 “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock, and my Redeemer.”
Phil. 4:8-9 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 on these things…and the God of peace will be with you.”
1 Cor. 2:16 “We have the mind of Christ.”
Isaiah 26:3 “You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.”
Romans 12:2 “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”
Matt. 22:37 “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind…second is like it, love your neighbor as yourself.”
2 Cor. 10:5b “Take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”
I need to constantly clear my mind so I can think more like Christ. It’s impossible on my own, but He gives His Holy Spirit to fill me.
After pouring the hamburger back into the pan, I placed it on the stove. All the access water and grease had been discarded. As I shook the spice container over the meat I sucked in a slow deep breath through my mouth and nose. My mind felt completely renewed once more. Instead of jealousy, now I had the desire to send a card of congratulations.
Do you know a bible verse about having a healthy mind? Please share it.