For the last week, I have been meditating on a song by Cory Asbury called Reckless Love. Though I have listened to this song repetitively throughout the week, I have still not learned all of the words. Some of them still escape me, not because they are difficult to learn, but instead because they have had to compete with the random thoughts of my mind. It is said that on average the human mind has anywhere from 12k – 50k thoughts a day (I personally think this number is pretty low, but that is not relevant). Additionally, I remember my Grandmother used to always say, “An idle mind is the devil’s workshop”.
All too often I find myself fighting an unnecessarily, necessary battle in my mind because I do not stay conscious of its engagement or lack of engagement. Fighting thoughts as simple as maybe I should have worn the pink shirt instead of the black shirt or even mildly fussing at myself for staying too long knowing I had a ton of other stuff on my plate for the day. Thinking and thought are good, but like most things, if not properly safeguarded and monitored you can find yourself in “Negative Thoughtland” nursing thoughts that suck the life out of what and who you are or possibly you find yourself in a rabbit hole of thoughts that the little thoughts lead to, and before you know it you find yourself running down a tunnel chasing a rabbit you never should have seen.
I do not know about you, but I live in my mind, but I am working feverishly to live in the present and not the past nor the future. I constantly remind myself that yesterday is gone and there is nothing I can do to bring it back or change it and tomorrow has enough problems of its own. Yet, those places still seep into my consciousness. This week, I chose to prepare for the battle a bit differently. This week, I spent time worshipping and acknowledging the bigness of God instead of just allowing my week to happen. As a result, it was easier to catch myself drifting or chasing rabbits and I noticed the songs I had been singing in worship naturally came back to my consciousness and this helped my focus.
I realized that the songs I chose to use in worship were laced with scripture and language that reminded me of who God says I am and how precious I am to Him. As a result of me meditating on the word in this way, I began to reap some of the benefits of God’s Word. I realize that this battle is not over, after all, I have been thinking all of my life and it may take a while to re-program my thought life, but with some intentionality, and constant revival/renewal I can continue to amplify the benefits of using God’s word such as revival (a renewed mind), wisdom, joy, insight into life, and fairness (He knows how it all works out, thus what may look like a disadvantage today may later translate into a major set-up for the future).
In closing, I hope this encourages you to change the way you allow your thoughts to develop. I hope this causes you to think of creative ways to safely navigate the mines that may have been accidentally planted by your past or even deposited to keep you from your future. Whether you choose to use worship music, God’s word, or something else altogether, choose to fill your mind with positive thoughts that not only change the way you think but the way you speak. Remember, that wherever your mind goes, your body follows. If you are what you think, who do your thoughts tell the world you are? Does it match who you hope to be? If not, get a personal revelation of who you are and reintroduce yourself to the world.
Here is a short clip from worship last year, I hope blesses you.
Snippet Lyrics: I couldn’t earn it, and I don’t deserve it, still, You give Yourself away
O, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God, yeah//
There’s no shadow You won’t light up
Mountain You won’t climb up
Coming after me
There’s no wall You won’t kick down
Lie You won’t tear down
Coming after me//