Organize your attitude #13
In her talk, Nancy reminded us that we are to set our minds on what is good and true and excellent. It is active; it is purposeful. We might have a thought or a feeling, but we don’t have to let it in to stay. We can turn it out and we can change the subject in our minds. She said we should own our thoughts, to be intentional about where we “set our minds.”
So, I am going to narrate what I learned here, rephrasing it and rewriting it to make it my own and own it – and also share it with you.
Own your thoughts: Change the subject in your head.
When fear or doubt creeps in, we don’t need to reason with it or explain it away or answer it. We can simply pray about the issue that’s vexing us and then “change the subject” we’re thinking about. We don’t have to engage fear or doubt and overcome them with willpower or logic. The response of faith is to pray, then turn it over into God’s hands and move on with whatever small obedience is in front of us.
This requires trust and it is also the practice of trusting. Not only knowing our worrying doesn’t do any good, but also acting on that knowledge by doing whatever it is we’re supposed to be doing instead.
Changing the subject, Nancy said, doesn’t have to be super-spiritual. You can choose to think instead about what you’ll plant in your garden, about a book you’re reading, about a funny story of the kids’ antics you’ll tell your husband or mother.
Own your thoughts: Set your mind on things above, where Christ is.
The call in Philippians to set ours minds on things above is active. It’s a conscious, purposeful sort of thing, a thing that might feel weird and awkward at first. We’re to pick up our thoughts, as it were, from the trash heap where they want to dig and dwell, and set them where they should be: on Christ, on His kingdom, on love.
By faith, we have a good story. We’re living a good story because God’s writing it. We need to also tell ourselves The Good Story as we walk along our way – this is for God’s glory, not our own; this is about my salvation and sanctification, not about my pet goals.
Remembering the bigger picture puts our grievances and worries in perspective and helps us choose obedience instead of fear or pride. Remember the ultimate outcome and that you are a partaker of it.
Own your thoughts.