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.