What have you been thinking about lately? Do you know that the Holy Bible tells us that what we think about actually determines the degree of peace or the level of anxiety we experience?
It isn’t that hard to know what most people are thinking about at the moment! And it seems to be spreading like yeast in our conversations, and so much so, that it might actually be all one is thinking about.
Now, don’t get me wrong, this virus has affected a lot of people. And, therefore, it is no wonder that it tends to take up part of our conversations, but so too did the weather once, so too did sport once, so too did politics once, so too…. and the list goes on.
It was nice actually to talk to someone during the 7am morning tea last Sunday about something going on in the Kimberley & Pilbara regions of Australia. Although it is a sad thing. I felt a sense of relief that someone is thinking about something else. It was also a joy chatting to two people about the sermon and how one will not need to endure the coming wrath of God because of a true faith in Jesus. How good is that!
We are told in the Holy Bible:
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. (Philippians 4:8 NIV)
My question for me and for you is simply this: Do we? Yes, do we?
And the amazing thing is that when we do think about such things, the result is peace, rather than anxiety or perhaps even fear. The Holy Bible goes on to say: And the God of peace will be with you (verse 9b).
We do become what we tend to think about. May we think about (let alone pray with thanksgiving) the right things, and are therefore known to be different. It’s certainly not hard to be different these days.
I hope you stay for morning tea or supper and chat about things which reveal that the God of peace is certainly with you.