Back when Jeffrey and I were dating, he had this old Ford Bronco. I loved that thing. We had gone out riding around one day and drove out to the creek. It was really muddy so Jeffrey decided to go muddin'. For those of you that aren't as country as we are, that simply means you ride around in the mud for fun. And yes, it is fun. Well, I remember the bumpiness of the ride, and I was holding on tight! Jeffrey got tickled and started laughing. He said that I said, "Maybe I should get out!" I totally don't remember saying that, but I was thinking it. It just so happened that I let my thoughts slip from my mouth.
Of course, that is a funny story that we still laugh about, but I do have to be honest. There have been times I've been so thankful people haven't known my thoughts because they have been ugly or judgmental. This study today, however, is a good reminder that although other people may not know our thoughts, God does.
Beth asked the question, What does it mean to love God "with all your mind?" I may be totally off, but I think it means that we should dedicate our minds to Him. How? By being careful what we read, watch, and listen to. Those things can and will influence our thoughts. If we spend time filling our minds with that which is unpure, our minds become unpure. That leads to unpure actions and words. However, if we fill our minds with things of love, compassion, encouragement, things of HIM, then our words and actions will then reflect that.
Another point I get from today's study is to not be so judgemental. I am no better than anyone else. If I ever seem to come across that way, I'm sorry. I am a different, new being because I am a child of God. My life MUST reflect this. I know there are times that I fail and bring shame to my Father, but hopefully for the most part, I bring him honor.
I know there are things that I need help with, lots of help, areas of my life that are struggles for me. We all have those. Those areas don't need to be discussed or listed here, because God knows them. He knows the dirt from which I come. He knows my thoughts. He knows my prayers. He knows my heart. He will continue working on me to make me the woman he has planned.
Until I am a completed work, I must fix my thoughts on what is true and honorable and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Philippians 4:8.