Sometimes we need a check up from the neck up.  What I mean is that just as we need to have a physical examination, we need a mental examination.  Now don’t think I am implying that everyone needs a psychiatrist.  Most of us just need to take control of our thoughts.  If you do not make an attempt to control your thoughts, your thoughts will control you.  The world is constantly telling us what to think about.  Television and media of all descriptions give us our list of things to consider.  In most cases the news will not only report to you, but tell you how to view what they have reported.  A Christian needs to be guided by God’s word and not the last sound bite.  Prayer, solitude, and meditation allow us to break free of the control of the world an make ourselves available to the control of the Holy Spirit.  These disciplines all are carried on in the context of an unhurried time in the Scriptures.  The Scripture has a word for our thought life in Philippians 4:8.  Why not look it up right now.  In fact why not read the whole chapter.  There are so many things over which we have no control, but God allows us to control our thoughts.  It may take practice, but you will be glad you did.

Dan Wooldridge

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