“We become what we think about all day long.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
So, what do you think about all day long? I know what I think about and it frightens me! My mind is filled with the following (and more):
- The chores and errands that need to get done.
- The untouched yard that looks like a bomb exploded on it.
- How I’m going to keep writing these blog posts while working, being a home manager, and dealing with life crises that recently seem to be never ending?
- How I can avoid the flu that is running through this house right now? I’ve just got too much to do to get the flu!
With these thoughts rolling around in my head I have become an uncollected stressed-out basket case! How Christian is that (said with an eye roll)?!
“Guarding one’s thoughts” is a spiritual concept that has been around for eons. Guarding our thoughts helps us avoid sin and increases inner calm. Bonus, it helps prevent depression and anxiety. It even helps with our physical health. Craving that greasy steak followed by cake? Step back and identify the “I can’t help myself” or “It’s not fair; everyone else gets to eat good stuff” thought and replace it with the “I can walk away with Lord’s help” or “I will walk away for my loved ones who won’t appreciate an eventual heart attack.” After such a pause, you might not eat that steak and cake and you’ll feel good about it! The same process holds true for negativity and temptations to sin.
Lent will be here in a very short time. Perhaps we should begin to think about who we want to become and consequently, how we want to think and what we want to do.