Making Tracks

My thinking tends to follow well-traveled tracks.  They are broken and they lead nowhere, but they are difficult to replace.  How do we lay new lines for our minds?

Here’s an idea.

MY AGENDA FOR TODAY: BLOG POST, PHONE CALLS, WORKOUT, WHAT TO GET MOM FOR MOTHER’S DAY?  READ BIBLE, DEPOSIT SOME JOTS IN JOURNAL…

Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.

CHECK IN ON DAD (recovering from a hip replacement), FIGURE OUT DINNER…KIND OF BUGGED BY A RECENT CONVERSATION – WISH I HAD SAID…

Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.

WONDERING (WORRYING?) ABOUT THE FUTURE…WHAT ARE MY NEXT STEPS?  CAN WE MANAGE A VACATION? OOH – BETTER GO AFTER THOSE COBWEBS IN THE CORNER…READ NEWSPAPER AND GET ANNOYED BY GREED, JOURNALISTIC SPIN, AND CORRUPTION…FEELINGS OF ENVY…ANGER…I WANT…SELF-DOUBT…WHAT IF?

For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.

WAIT A MINUTE.  SAY THAT AGAIN.

For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.

I DIED.

STOP THE TRAIN.

WHAT DOES THAT MEAN, EXACTLY, SINCE I’M STILL BREATHING, THINKING, AND MOVING?

IT MUST MEAN THAT MY DAY, MY LIFE, BELONGS TO JESUS, THAT HIS AGENDA SHOULD BE MY AGENDA.

HIS AGENDA IS ETERNAL AND GOD GLORIFYING; MY AGENDA IS, WELL, SHORT SIGHTED AND ALL ABOUT ME.

When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

I DIED.  CHRIST IS MY LIFE.

I memorized Colossians 3:1-17, the first verses of which are quoted above, along with our Community Bible Study leaders this year.  Its truth is now resident in my mind like newly laid tracks inviting the train of my thoughts to run daily in its transformative direction.

Have you memorized or internalized any powerful Scripture that is making new tracks in your thinking?  Do you, like me, struggle to keep your thoughts on the right track?

Let the peace of God rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.  Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.  Colossians 3:15-17

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About Judy

At heart I am a student of truth, an observer of culture, and a communicator. Jesus is my teacher and my Lord. In pursuit of these passions, I read as much as I can, serve as Teaching Director for a Community Bible Study group, and write a blog in an attempt to synthesize it all. I take great delight in my relationships with family and friends, and I also enjoy long walks, bike rides and cooking. And did I mention that I like to read?
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10 Responses to Making Tracks

  1. sue anderson says:

    Thankful that the “train can be stopped,” and that our minds CAN be set upon things above instead of earthly things. This is one of the greatest truths and gifts and freedoms that we have received. We have a “new mind” to think from. We don’t even have to actually “stop the train,” we just choose to hit the switch and get back on the “right track,” pun intended. :) Thanks be to God, for the new life and mind that we can have through His Son.

  2. An inspiring and thought-provoking post – thank you!

  3. atranquilplace says:

    Inspiring post…

  4. Caddo Veil says:

    Ahhh, this is wonderful–and YES, I am thankful. For His Word, for His faithful ones, for His continual work of renewing my mind. God bless you today, Sister–love, sis Caddo

  5. Judy says:

    Hi Cathy, You might be on to something :-) I think I’ve inadvertently tried that a time or two. If our agendas are God’s agendas, it probably works out great! Thanks Cathy! Judy

  6. Cathy R. says:

    Hmmmm! If I make a list of things I need to do and then never look at it again, does that count as giving it to God???? . . . . . . Just wondering!!!! ;-) ——–> Memorizing Scripture is a great thing though, isn’t it?

  7. Larry Who says:

    D. L. Moody, the evangelist and former shoe maker, stated that his favorite song was, “Jesus Loves Me This I Know.” His reasoning was based on the mind blowing truth of the scripture, John 3:16.

    Although I memorize and meditate on many scriptures, the first scripture to hook me was John 3:16 and it’s still my favorite one, too.

    • Judy says:

      Hi Larry, Sometimes the simplest truths are the most powerful, aren’t they? (And the easiest to remember:) I always appreciate your comments – thanks!
      Judy

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