The mind is a powerhouse of thoughts, feelings, memories and judgments influencing our daily choices. With our minds we choose words to speak, make judgments about people and situations and decide how we will act or behave. That is why I need to make daily decisions about how I feed my mind.
Too many times I let others choose what I should think, how to use my mind. My culture constantly bombards me with information. As a follower of Jesus, walking and abiding with Him and filling my mind with His truth are imperative to having a fruitful life.
The Psalmist understood this importance as he wrote:
“Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with scoffers. But they delight in doing everything the Lord wants; day and night they think about his law. They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season without fail. Their leaves never wither, and in all they do, they prosper.” (Psalm 1:1-3 NLT)
Jesus said the greatest commandment of all is to “’…love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’” (Matthew 22:37)
How can we love the Lord our God with all our mind? By choosing what we think about. We replace the thinking of this world with His Word. It might mean turning away from a conversation, choosing what to watch or not watch on television, what books to read, what music to listen to and how much social media influences our thinking. These are hard choices when so many “voices” speak to us daily.
Paul, a follower of Jesus and highly educated man knew the importance of the mind as he told the Romans:
“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do, and you will know how good and pleasing and perfect his will really is.” (Romans 12:2 NLT)
What am I filling my mind with today? Am I controlling my mind, thinking about God’s Word “day and night”? As I abide with Jesus and fill my mind with His words I will be like a tree that bears fruit “each season without fail.” Jesus said, “…you cannot be fruitful apart from me.” (John 15:3 NLT) I need Him to control my mind and the way I think. What are you thinking about today?
Thinking about God’s amazing creation as I watch the evening sky.
“The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.” Psalm 19:1