Use It or Lose It!
This morning I misplaced something, and I said to myself, “am I losing my mind?” And as clear as a bell I heard a voice say, no.... You’re just not using it! How often during the course of a day do you misplace your keys or don't seem to be able to see what is right in front of you? Or how often do you meet someone and think to yourself, I need to remember their name and two hours later you can’t for the life of you remember. Or that classic moment when you use deodorant, start shaving, and then think did I use deodorant or not? Did I just take that prescription pill or my vitamins? Did I remember to make that deposit? And I’m sure none of you, certainly not me, :-) has ever had that dream of walking down the street and suddenly realizing you forgot to get put your pants on.
In my defense, I would say that my mind is just too busy thinking about the deeper things of life but If I’m honest, I know that I’m really not all that deep! Life is filled with distractions and it takes a clear thoughtful conscious using of our minds to keep us on track. When I lose concentration and forget simple things it becomes not only a waste of thought but of time and energy and even confidence, which of course is not good for me or anyone connected to me. How many accidents on the road were caused by being distracted? We are finite creatures with a limited time span of 24 hours per day and I do NOT need to be spinning my wheels using needless energy. Each day finding the focus to accomplish my goals is vital and each night letting go of the past and finding rest is important.
A few weeks ago I ministered on the Renewal of Our Mind as described in Romans 12. Today let us focus on the Using of Our Minds. In exercise we are taught to USE IT OR LOSE IT! As the United Negro College Fund used to say, “A mind is a terrible thing to waste.” What brain food will help our minds to be clear and make conscious choices that we will not forget?
The Bible says to think on these things, “Whatever is true , whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything is worthy of praise, DWELL (or think) on these things. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me; practice these things and the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4:8-9.
I may not be able to promise you that you will never again forget where you placed your keys but I can assure you that the God who loves you so completely wants to help you to clear your mind. Finding peace is one of the first ways to not feel so distracted or at least be able to place things in a healthy perspective. Ask Him for peace right now. Ask Him for forgiveness. If your thoughts have strayed, He wants to bring you back on track. God loves you and so do we. Use the wonderful mind God gave you in the right way and His peace will be with you. Go In Peace, Go In Love, Go in Victory.