A devotional by Reverend Dr. Kevin Schwamb
What are you thinking about right now? Since our thoughts reveal our attitudes and are the catalyst for our actions, it is important that, as Christ-followers, we learn to guard our minds. Our biggest problem, however, is understanding how to do this successfully.
A report in the journal of Behavioral Research and Therapy concluded that the brain can change its thought pattern as a result of repeated practice. The study found that a person’s negative thoughts can be reduced by having them practice certain cognitive behavioral techniques. But, this is not news for Christians. The Bible is filled with verses emphasizing we are to replace sinful or destructive thoughts with those that agree with Scripture. Philippians 4:8 tells us that we should be focusing on, “…whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, what ever is admirable if anything is excellent or praiseworthy think about such things.” Paul is teaching believers that the best way to counter anxiety and worry is to think about something else.
As you go through the day, don’t let your thoughts take you wherever they will. Instead, consciously ask the Lord to redirect your thoughts and actively seek to set your mind on the subjects listed above. And, remember the old saying, “Practice makes perfect!”