If you are joining me today from Proverbs 31's Encouragement for Today welcome! I’m so glad you are here.
Why is it so hard to think good, noble, excellent, praiseworthy thoughts (like Philippians 4:8 tells us) when not-so-good and not-so-excellent words are hurled my way?
Harsh words. Sarcastic words. Mean words.
Sometimes those words burrow painfully under my skin, like the time I got a splinter while leaning over a quaint wooden bridge to enjoy the view. It sure wasn't what I expected, but there it was, its jagged edge painfully protruding out of my flesh.
I’ve learned that if I don’t remove the splinter, it absorbs all of my thoughts. Everything I do will be affected by the splinter and my need to protect it. Until I get the right tool (tweezers), the splinter remains lodged, and I can’t stop thinking about it.
That’s how it sometimes works when an unkind word pierces our hearts. Mean words can lodge into the deepest part of us, creating a furrow that our minds consistently retrace, and holding our thought-patterns hostage. In spite of our best efforts to shake it off, it can feel like our minds have a mind of their own as the incident replays in our brain.
It’s not until we find the proper tool—in this case, prayer—that we can dislodge the painful splinter-words. Through prayer, we find grace to forgive and Christ’s healing for our wound.
Through prayer we are equipped to think about whatever is good, noble, excellent, and praiseworthy.
Prayer re-routes our thoughts.
So instead of having minds with a mind of their own, through prayer we can have the mind of Christ. And that, sweet friends, is an excellent thought.
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