Sometimes children do things they shouldn’t. It is apparent they did not think through their actions. Parents will sometimes ask “What were you thinking?!” The answer often is “I don’t know!” Which is probably a true statement; they were not thinking. But to be honest, haven’t we all done things without thinking it through?
One of the reasons that Christ-followers make wrong decisions, have bad attitudes, or fall into temptation is a matter of focus. We entertain thoughts that we shouldn’t. Stop and think with me: The pit crew of a powerful NASCAR would not buy their fuel from the local Zippy Mart. If you were going to enter the Boston Marathon, how likely would it be to go on an all-chocolate diet in preparation for the race? We try our best to see our children put the right kind of food into their mouths. We are very aware that the “fuel” that goes into things often determines their performance and well-being. And yet we rarely consider what goes into our brains.
The way you think creates your attitudes; your emotions; your emotions and even your immune system.The Bible has much to say about how we should think. Everything about you flows from the way you think. “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.” Romans 12:2 “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
So this week, stop and think; what am I thinking of? Don’t put your brain in neutral and let it coast.