I was sitting in one of the many meetings I had last week. An older man I respect was asked to pray and open the agenda. As he prayed, something he said just hit me square between the eyes. I was super afraid I would forget it, so I grabbed my Precise V5 pen (with a cap) furiously scribbling it down.
“God, help us not to let the little things we think are important take over our thinking.”
What he said was so huge. So important. So. very. true.
What got me the most was that itty bitty little phrase “we think”. The little things WE THINK are important. If I were to look back over the years and consider all the unnecessary things I let take over my thinking, there would be so very many.
I’m sure I would laugh at a bunch of them. Get annoyed at many of them. Sad at a few of them. And feel like almost all of them were completely a waste of my time.
As the years fly by and I grow a little more every day, I’m learning there aren’t too many things that are important enough to take over my thinking. I think the three verses below pretty much sum up what I have been trying to replace my thoughts with — how I have been trying to pattern my thought life after what Jesus might want.
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
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.
Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
Friends, John 16:33 says in this world we WILL have trouble. But we can take heart, because HE (Jesus) has overcome the world.
No matter what little things try and take over my mind, I need to remember Who the Overcomer is — because everything else, EVERYTHING ELSE, is meaningless in comparison to Him. This little stuff that tries to get into my head and run around like a crazy person…it is just temporary. It won’t and can’t last forever.
Write those three verses on notecards. Smack them up on your mirror or tuck them away in your backpack or purse or man-purse. And whenever the little things try and take over, give it to a big God who has already got things under control.
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