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We are the caretaker of our thoughts

I read a book years ago by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale called “The amazing results of positive thinking.” I recommend it as an inspiration and encouragement to your spiritual life.

He explains our mind is filled with all types of thoughts and persuasions although we are all held accountable to manage them. We have the ability to resist and ignore the negative influences that hinder our life and to also embrace the suggestions that are positive and encouraging.

I remember after studying about this principle I had an interesting dream. I do not always place a lot of credibility in dreams because sometimes I think they are related to late-night pizza binges, but on the other hand, the Bible reveals some dreams have been used as a legitimate way God can communicate.

In my dream, I found myself on a dusty construction site, and as I looked around, I noticed workers with shovels busy digging up small trees and bushes. Some were driving trucks and others were using chainsaws.

In the distance, I noticed a bulldozer was pushing over large trees. They were obviously clearing the land but I was not sure for what reason.

I approached one of the workers and asked who was in charge, but he just kept walking.

For some reason, I sensed in the dream Jesus was overseeing this operation, so I started searching for him. I was expecting any moment to see him in a white tunic, sandals and hard-hat but I never did.

Finally, I saw a man writing on a clipboard appearing to be a supervisor. I went to him and said, “Excuse me sir, can you tell me where to find the project manager?”

As he started walking away he turned his head and calmly said, “You are.” This is the last thing I remember.

There is an old rhyme that says, “Your mind is a garden, your thoughts are seeds, you can grow flowers or you can grow weeds.” This may sound silly, but in relation to our subject, it makes perfect sense to consider we are the gardener and caretaker of our own mind.

We may not want to admit it, but our spiritual journey was never intended to be a carefree experience but rather to fulfill a destiny of specific meaning and purpose.

Since it’s been established what we think is directly associated with how we feel, along with what we say and do, we can agree whatever has taken root and is growing in our mind is having a huge impact on who we are.

As the wind and the birds distribute seeds upon the earth, likewise the voices and experiences of this life are deposited within our soul. Each of us is vulnerable to this natural process, however, in the light of free-will, we have been given the authority and responsibility to choose what we think about.

There is an interesting scripture found in Romans 12 that refers to our mental accountability as Paul declares in verse one we should present our lives as a living and holy sacrifice which God expects us to do.

Verse 2 continues about how this can be accomplished, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you might prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.”

The idea here is we must awaken and realize, as Proverbs 23:7 so clearly declares, “As a man thinks in his heart – so is he.”

When we understand managing our mind is a crucial priority within our Christian walk, we should be motivated to take more responsibility to develop a stronger mental clarity.

But, if we choose to live in a default mode that allows anything to take root in our mind, we are more likely to become overwhelmed with fear, sadness, chaos and discouragement.

Recognizing this spiritual reality, and becoming determined to pray and work toward our mental transformation, will help us stay sensitive to His still small voice.

We will never become what God has called us to be until the desire to change becomes greater than the desire to remain the same.

Dr. Billy Holland is a Christian minister, author, and community outreach chaplain. Request a free copy of his new CD at: billyhollandministries.com