I Can

Without any prompt,  Abby said, “Five times Five is Twenty Five.”

I am not sure why she was thinking  about math at that given moment, but I guess the mind is always occupied with something.

For me, it is always changing.  One day it is jelly beans.  Another day, it’s preparing  a fun math game, and yet, the next day – it’s being overloaded with laundry or cranked up nerves.  My mind  could be consumed with  a crochet project.   I think about my baby stretched body that will never go back,  a blog post,  or conversation.  Endless possibilities.  Some better than others.  But the truth is - I have to think about something.

I have never felt  like I have much of a choice.   My circumstances dictate my thoughts.  I entertain anything  that enters my mind.  I just can’t help it.  It’s the  way I think.  It’s the way I am.

But that’s a lie.   I do have a choice.

 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 about such things.   Philippians 4:8

I can dictate what thoughts flow into my brain.  And when one  of those false, unnoble, impure, wretched, despicable, pitiful thoughts poke into my brain – I can choose NOT to  think about it.

I can quit  letting my emotions dictate me.  I don’t have to drown in sadness just because I feel lonely or untalented  or whatever other lie Satan plants in my heart.  A  friend  told me, “I began to change when I realized that just because it feels true doesn’t mean it is true.”

I can declare my feelings false, and instead, let my mind  contemplate, settle, and dwell on God’s true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable,  excellent, and praiseworthy character.

And best of all,  the more I fill my mind with God’s incredible truth, the less miserable thoughts invade my heart.  And with such grace, God’s love surrounds, protects, and engulfs my heart AND my mind.




2 thoughts on “I Can

  1. Excellent! A long time ago I read a book by Elizabeth George on this very subject, “Loving God with All Your Mind”, which has been a great help to me. Praying for you, Suzan.

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