Changing My Mind

9 06 2014

Driving down the road, I have to admit to being a little grumpy. One of those days. You know the drill. I was mentally complaining, feeling less than appreciated, and a little thrown by an unexpected circumstance. Looking out the window, the sign by the side of the road held a message that was written just for me – “Your thoughts control your actions.”

The words on the sign hit my heart hard. I didn’t want to be grumpy or filled with grumbling. I wanted to be joyous, content, and able to see God’s fingerprints on my day. I realized that the way I was thinking was impacting the whole direction I was heading. My thoughts were controlling my actions, reactions, perspective, and interactions. If I wanted a different outcome, I needed to start by changing my thinking.

Our thoughts are the ignition for our attitudes and actions. This is the reason that Paul encourages us to “take every thought captive to obey Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:5b) When our thoughts are focused on Jesus, it not only changes how we think, it changes the way we move through our days.

My Jesus Resolution today is to change my mind. My mind needs to be transformed. My thoughts are infected by the sin and brokenness of the world. Fear, guilt, shame, and discontent pull my mind into a prison. When I take every thought and bring it to Christ, I allow Him to reshape my mind and reform my perceptions. When my thoughts are held captive by Jesus, my actions, attitudes, and behavior follow and He transforms the whole direction of my life.


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