Relationships are very difficult. So many variables, two different and complex people, often-competing agendas and diverse timelines. Multiply these by a zillion when we are talking about marriage or very serious relationships.
I do know one very simple principle about my marriage. My wife really covets my thoughts…meaning she wants me focusing my thoughts and attention on her and not on other women. I am really good about not being caught up with other women as a temptation…but I am guilty in having my attention focused on my work, or ESPN, or our kids.
Even though these aren’t evil distractions, I am on a slippery slope, sliding away from my wife and toward marital damage or destruction. Keeping my wife and her needs attached to or even at the center of these and all my activities and endeavors, will lead to an enjoyable and fulfilling marriage.
Our relationship with God works on the same principle. Guard your thoughts closely. There is a fierce battle waging for your mind. Nothing angers the enemy more than your closeness to Your Lord. Missiles of deception are constantly being launched at your mind to get you on that slippery slope to spiritual destruction
Today, although it will be a struggle, fix your mind on God and make good thought choices. Include God in your activities and thoughts as this will keep Him in the center of your lenses…and heart.
My Lord and Savior, Although I try, many times my thoughts seem totally disconnected with my will. I try to focus my thoughts on You but there are so many distractions. I want, I desperately want to focus my thoughts on You, but it’s a contact struggle…I feel like I am always swimming against a strong current. I know there are many things that impact my ability to think clearly; poor sleep, bad eating habits…my health and the health of others that I love…just the worries of the world. I ask that Your Holy Spirit enter my mind and help me with this challenge. I know that making good thought-choices will allow me to enjoy Your refreshing presence more and more. I pray this in the name the one who always kept God at the center, Jesus Christ – and all God’s children say, AMEN! – Amen
Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
1 Peter 5:8