18 Jan Day 17 of 21 days of prayer and fasting
Today I’m sharing an encouraging blog from Ashley Diette. Ashley is a leader at Community Church and true encourager of others.
Some days I want to throw my laundry out the door instead of folding it, throw my dishes away instead of washing them, and run away my the obligations of my everyday life. It gets complicated. I get discouraged. My mind gets in the way of where I know my heart should be. It all comes down to one simple thing I mess up time and time again: focus.
The Apostle Paul writes a message about mindset to the church at Philippi:
“Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.” (Philippians 4:8-9 The Message)
What are you focusing on today? Is it true? Beautiful? Praiseworthy? It can be difficult during the fast and perceived pressure of starting a new year. I know it is a challenge for me, daily, even without the added layer of fasting and focus on extra time with God.
As Paul taught us, we must be intentional and only allow our minds to see the best in every situation. Just as God sees the best in us. Make His thoughts, your thoughts. Watch your ways, become His ways. It is all about your focus and filling your mind with His word.
Start your day with dedicated time to FIX your mind and remember who you are, and whose you are. You are one that is made in His imagine. You are noble, praiseworthy, trustworthy, and absolutely beautiful. He wants the best for you every single day. Put this teaching into practice the next time you get cut off on the interstate, you’re having a rough day at work, or next time your kid says no to brushing his teeth for the 11th time.
You cannot control others but you can control your mind and fix your focus. I have this verse written down in the front of my planner to remind me of WHAT and HOW I was designed to think. I refuse to get tripped up on the insignificant things of life. I am determined to fix my focus on Him and things worthy of His attention.
Father God, help me to keep my mind set on things that are of you, and reflect you. Do not let me be shaken by things going on within my mind, home, or in the world. I want to grow more like you and think about what flows from you. I thank you for creating me to be gracious, beautiful, and true.