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Thinking About Thinking!
by Christine Jones

    Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths: guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior and my hope is in you all day long. Psalm 25:4&5.

    Lately I have been passing through, what I would kindly put, as a �marriage restructure�! This is never an easy task. However, for many of us, it is inevitable, important or even essential. In my case it has been essential!

    There has been much in my life that I do not understand, and this latest issue is certainly one of them. But what I have learnt about me, and God, and I believe it is true for almost all of us, is that we basically get confused, upset and afraid when WE try to figure everything out. Now that I am no longer trying to figure anything out, I am no longer confused! Uncertain of the outcome, yes, but no longer confused. No longer afraid or upset, because I know that by worrying, and contorting my mind in circles, I will change nothing, except become more confused, upset and afraid!

    This, on human terms, seems so confusing! We would dearly like to be able to solve all our problems ourselves!

    Our confusions occur when we begin dwelling on our circumstances too much! Our society tells us that this is a noble attribute, and that all we have to do is think carefully through everything, and we will then come to a logical conclusion. This is rather funny when we think about it, because no one of us is ever completely logical all the time! Usually our circumstances involve relationships with other people, and we cannot change others, no matter how much we would like to. People�s actions are not controllable (although many have tried) and no-one can absolutely and accurately predict how any other human is going to react, or act, or pro-act, at any given time!

    Evil always desires confusion, because then we become indecisive, and every person who offers us an opinion only adds to the rocking of our personal boat, confusing us as we are tossed by every whim and thought (often by those who know extremely little about our situation).

    Men (from the email jokes they send each other) indicate that they have given up years ago trying to understand the opposite sex! Those of the female gender think many men are also undecipherable! That famous book, �Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus�, gives us the same message. We CANNOT understand the workings of another person, because we ARE NOT THEM, and we have not traveled their journey.

    If we were able to control everything AROUND us, we would not need God. God is the ONLY one who is in complete control, and we are not, nor ever will be, God! Nor would we want God�s job!

    Satan wants us to think we are unhappy due to what is going on AROUND us (our circumstances), but the misery is actually due to what is going on INSIDE us! And that is what we CAN, and MUST control!

    What we CAN control is our own personal thinking. NO-ONE can tame the mind! Joyce Meyer says �Our thoughts are silent words that only we and the Lord hear, but those words affect our inner man, our health, our joy and our attitude�. Now that is quite a statement! The challenge for each of us then is not to control others, or to try to contort events that are unraveling before us, but to control our own THOUGHTS!

    It is easy to become passive with our mind, and let thoughts waft in and out, dwelling on whatever lands in our brain. My Dad used to remind us as teenagers that thoughts are like birds. You cannot stop them landing on your head, he would say, but you can stop them from nesting there!

    So start today, by choosing right thoughts. Your own thoughts are more powerful than anything in this world, because YOU are totally in control of what your mind is up to. No-one else can control your mind for you. It is pointless blaming others for your own thinking, no matter how disadvantaged, or painful, or damaging your past or present situations are or have been. Countless victims of war have told wondrous stories of how they were able to endure incredible torture, hardship, and deprivations of all kinds. The tool they used? They kept their mind on positive paths.

    PRAYER: Your thoughts, Dear Lord, are always directed in kindness and goodness towards us. Every thought you have for us is positive, constructive, energy building and life changing in the best possible sense. Our challenge is to become more like you. So this day, O Lord, we commit ourselves to taking up the cause to change our thinking patterns to bring them more into line with those you would have. We shall try, with your help, to keep our minds free from focusing on our present circumstances, and to concentrating instead on all the pleasant, beautiful, lovely qualities of life which surround us. Help us to guard our minds from every negative thought this day. In Jesus� name, we pray. Amen.


    � Christine M. Jones
    Christine Jones is married to David. She has two adult children and precious grandchildren. She has worked for many years as a school teacher/librarian, and written children's material for several years in her 'spare time'. She loves nature, music and the theatre.

    John Mark Ministries