Be careful of where you allow your mind to wander! You may not have thought about this lately but what you allow your mind to linger upon eventually becomes more than just an idea in your head! No man or woman ever had an affair, committed murder or stole without first conceiving and considering the idea in his or her mind. What we think eventually becomes our words and actions.
The good news is that we have the ability to use our thoughts for good as well. We have the right and privilege to offer our thoughts to God and His way of doing things. We can meditate upon His word, allow it to soak in and become our words and actions. Yes, that’s right, I said MEDITATE! Meditation is not a word often used in the church today for fear that people will think we have gone the way of eastern religions. But, I am not talking about mediation in the way the eastern religions do. I am talking about Christian meditation; the kind in which God encourages us to participate in Psalm 1. (This Psalm is a short one and well worth memorizing!) Christian mediation is the filling of the mind with God’s word and will. Eastern meditation teaches an emptying of the mind. Christians meditate by doing what Psalm 1 and Philippians 4:8 teach us to do.
“Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the Lord and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water which yields its fruit in season. Whatever he does prospers. Not so the wicked! The wicked are like chat that the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgement, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous but the way of the wicked will perish.” — Psalm 1
We are moved by the mediation of our mind. The meditations of our mind will produce a result whether good or bad. Meditation on sin will eventually lead one to sin and meditation on righteousness will lead to righteousness. Paul tells us in Philippians 4:8, “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.”
So where is your mind today? Are your thoughts on God and His word or on sin and its perceived pleasures? Where we allow our mind to rest becomes the meditations of our heart and our meditation moves us to action.
Where is your heart today? Where are you resting your thoughts? If you are unsure know this…Your words and actions will soon give you your answer!