Organize your attitude #47
Our minds are busy places.
We are constantly noticing needs, evaluating behavior, noting things to be done, and thinking things through. On top of that, we listen to children’s chatter, keep up with phone notifications, and maybe even top it off with a podcast in the background.
Our days are not still and silent. They are humming with thoughts, conversations, and noise.
But most of it really is just noise, even those thoughts racing through our own heads.
If we’re to take charge of our attitudes and keep our perspective focused on truth, then we must also take charge of the words running through our minds.
Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.
To set our minds is an active, engaged sort of thing. It doesn’t happen accidentally or automatically. It’s deliberate.
We must intentionally choose our thoughts and fill our minds with truth if we’re to maintain an organized attitude.
One way to fill our minds with truth is to read it.
This starts, of course, with reading our Bibles, the ultimate source of all truth.
If we are not familiar with, comfortable in, and rejoicing throughout Scripture, we will be out of the loop of truth and stuck in the shallows.
There are any number of excellent books that help us apply truth and meditate on truth, but if we aren’t regularly in the Word, we will gradually grow more and more estranged from truth, no matter what else we’re reading.
Listen to truth.
Another way to fill our minds with truth is to listen to it. If our thought life runs us amok more often than not, then try putting good words in through your ears instead of letting your mind wander.
Rather than dwell on past wrongs or present distresses while you move about your day, let your mind be moved in higher, deeper directions by listening to podcasts, sermons, or audio books.
Be intentional about the words in your head, and if you need help, find audio sources that will help you meditate on the true, good, and lovely.
If you need a place to start, start with the Simplified Organization podcast – 5 minute truth tablets to organize your attitude.
Talk about truth.
What do you talk about as you chat with friends?
What do your conversations with your husband center on?
Do you spend more time rehearsing what has gone wrong or more time expressing gratitude? Do you talk about yourself or about good others have done?
What comes out of our mouths unfiltered is an indicator of our hearts.
For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. – Matthew 12:34
We can help recalibrate our attitudes by consciously choosing our speech and pruning our words. It goes both ways. We influence what we meditate on by what we say. And we also influence what we talk about by what we think about.
Praise God that these things are not left to our own control alone, but that He gives us the grace and strength – and joy and gratitude – we need to honor Him.
We can’t change our own hearts, but we can pray for a change of heart and take steps to act in obedience.