Clutter. Distractions. Busyness. To do Lists. Heartache. Running.
If you’re anything like me, as much as you wish it weren’t true, these things take up more space in your mind than you want them to.
And if you’re anything like me…the lies are present. Not only are they present, but they can be debilitating in how much they scream for my attention.
You’re not doing enough.
You’re not worthy.
You’re not qualified.
You don’t have time.
You’re too broken.
Are you sure that’s what God wants you to do?
And on and on it goes. And on. And on. Until the lies allow me to believe the narrative that I’m not enough and I have to keep striving until told otherwise. It’s draining. And the second we think we’ve mustered up enough strength and confidence to make the thoughts go away, they creep right back up, every time.
The truth is, I need something new.
Because the old isn’t working anymore.
I love what Judah Smith says in his book How’s Your Soul: “In the journey of life, emotions make great companions but terrible leaders.”
I think the same is true of our minds. They weren’t meant to lead us – God is. And the good news is that He is the only one qualified for the job of leading our lives.
There have been seasons in my life where I felt like I was doing a good job at knowing this. Because I was busy doing GOOD things for God, and my mind was busy thinking about GOOD things for God. But if I’m honest, just because I had God on my MIND didn’t mean I had an awareness of him in my HEART, and that was the problem. The past year, I’ve solely focused on knowing Him more and it’s transformed my thoughts to align with His.
Have you ever gotten a new car? I totaled my car and got a new one recently. All of a sudden – EVERYONE had the same car as me. I saw my car everywhere! And it wasn’t that everyone went and bought the same car as me on that day, it was that I had an awareness of it. And when we have that same awareness of God and His word, we’ll begin to see Him in our day-to-day situations. The awareness will help our distracted minds to have an awareness of Him and who He wants us to become on our becoming journeys.
I love how Scriptures point us back to what we should focus our thoughts on. Philippians 4:8 explains it perfectly:
Finally, brothers and sisters, 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 about such things.
God is with us in the fight. The more we point our eyes to Him and what He has ahead, the more we will see our thoughts aligned with His. Renew your minds. Cling to His truth. Hold tight to a tribe of people dedicated to goodness for your future. It may not all happen in the snap of your fingers, but over time, God will help declutter your mind and fix your thoughts on Him to the state of mind that sustains.