Does your mind wander? Do you escape reality by going to your “happy place”? Joyce Meyer says, “Where the mind goes, the man follows.” That’s why we must take control of our thoughts and avoid wasting energy. We must discipline our minds to think as God thinks. Romans 12:2 says, “Therefore I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer yourselves as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
We have the mind of Christ once we ask Him to take control of our lives, yet we must choose renewal. So how can our mind be renewed? We must draw near to God; this happens through worship, prayer, opening up new areas of our lives where before we’ve not allowed Him access. When we do this, we express our trust in Him. This is how we “love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind” (Matthew 22:37). Instead of merely telling Him, we show Him. When we do this, amazing things happen: Worry is minimized. Instead of worry, we engage in a more positive option: worship. Here’s how it works: You realize you are worrying about something late at night, a time when you can do nothing about it. Instead of obsessing, take action! Tell yourself, “Not now!” and focus your mind on something else.
When worry wakes me up in the middle of the night, I say, “Thank you, Lord, for waking me up. I needed more time to thank you for this situation. I worship you and praise you for the solution you have coming. I trust you for the answer. In Jesus’ name, amen.” Usually I have a praise song running through my head; that always helps woo me back to sleep as Jesus cradles me in His arms. Instead of “stinkin’ thinkin’,” choose to praise Him!
Let’s pray: Father, I worship you with my whole being. Instead of looking for the answer, give me more of you. Thank you for the chance to draw close to you. Keep me focused on one thing: YOU. In Jesus’ Name, amen.