How often do we allow a thought to take root that is unfounded or untrue? Most often these thoughts are accusatory against someone for something they may or may not have said or done. We rarely ever get a positive outcome when allowing such thoughts to thrive.
Paul’s experience in this matter prompted him to write in 2 Corinthians 10:5, “…cast down imaginations…destroy arguments or every lofty opinion.” He continues on to write that if our thoughts contradict God’s Word, we should not allow ourselves to dwell on those thoughts.
We have a choice regarding our thoughts. Thoughts can enter our minds, but we can throw them aside, knowing that some thoughts are unprofitable for our lives. Paul encourages us to a higher level of self-leading; he challenges us to obey God in all things. Curbing out thought life is an act of obedience to Christ and will bring contentment and peace into our lives.
We can look at Bible personalities and assume that they were “extra spiritual” or supernaturally enabled to do great things. Why else would a woman leave her family, home and culture to follow an old woman to an unknown family and culture that worshipped a different god?
Perhaps it was simply that they made wise choices. Some of the dilemmas they faced are not so different from those we face today.
Because money is an essential part of living, it is important that financial adjustments are made by both partners in a marriage. However, these adjustments have to be made in agreement. It is also good to realize that God’s plan for abundance includes the financial realm. Many people fear money and believe it to be evil, but this is not so. The mistake we make with money is relying on it to bring us happiness and security rather than relying on God.
Tragedies are a part of life. When they happen, we cannot help but think, “Why me?” We want to wake up and find that it was all a bad dream.
Joseph in Genesis 50:20 makes a statement that aids in our understanding of tragic events. He says to his brothers, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good.” Joseph knew that his brothers had brought evil to his life (slavery, near death, false accusations, starvation, loss of loved ones…).
God’s grace had, however, triumphed over these things.
This is simplistic, but, while we live only one life, it is a part of a much bigger picture. Perhaps our pain may make another’s life more purposeful or bring them hope.
Life extends beyond what we can see. Who knows? Someday our loss may bring gain to another’s life that blesses future generations.
Barn and Jake’s first years were spent in many places. Our first homes included a bus, a tiny cottage that didn’t look much better than a shed and an extremely rundown home erected on railway tracks in my parents’ backyard. Our early years were very lean financially. But, despite our poverty and marriage dramas, there was no lack of love for the boys in our home. No amount of money or expensive possessions can replace the security of loving parents, devoted to each other and their children.