You have the ability to choose the focus of your mind. Of course there are many thoughts that come and go spontaneously, but you can control your thinking more than you realize. Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, Paul the apostle tells us; whatever is true…whatever is noble…whatever is right…to think about such things.
Because the world contains both good and evil, you can choose to think about praiseworthy things or terrible, upsetting things. There are times that you must deal with the brokenness around you, this is inevitable. However, there are times during the day when you are free to choose the focal point of your mind. This is the time to take charge of your thoughts. When your mind is idle it often moves to negative thoughts such as regretting something in your past or worrying about the future. These are the times to recall that Jesus was named Immanuel at birth which means “God with us.”
Today, train your mind…make an effort to turn your thoughts toward God in every activity in your mind…even if it is for just 3 seconds. See how often you can bring God into each subject or issue you think about. The more you do it, the easier it gets. Remembering “Who He Is” will brighten even your darkest times with Joy. Click here to share with the Stepping Stones community your thoughts about choosing the focus of your mind.
Dear Father God, I am so thankful that You are “God with us” constantly and for all eternity. I want that knowledge alone to be sufficient to fill my days with joy and peace. However, Father, I confess that my mind so easily slips out of focus…and I forget about your ever-presence. When this happens, You slip even further from my awareness…and then worries and worldliness attack my mind. Help me, Lord, to train my mind to constantly turn to You. I want You to be my positive focus, but I need Your help. I pray in the name of my model for single-mindedness, Jesus Christ; and all God’s children said – AMEN!
So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.
But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.