Fresh Hope – Day 15

As a child, I would stand for hours fascinated by the escalators in Beatties Department Store.

 

My Dad would go to the Wolves match every fortnight with my brother, and I would have to go shopping with my Mom.

 

As a way of entertaining myself, for what seemed like hours, I would find a price sticker and stick it on the moving hand rail, then watch it go down and then reappear again as it did full circle.

 

What I then thought to be a simple game has now become an important reality in life. Dominant thoughts are like escalators… they can take you up, but they can also take you down.

 

Think about this for a moment: when you woke this morning, what was the first thing you reached for?

 

IPad, laptop, phone, TV remote, radio?

 

When we get in the car, it’s almost guaranteed that we reach for the radio.

 

More than likely, the first thing you do when you go home at night is switch on the TV.

 

Even a walk down the road now means that you have to have your headphones on…

 

We can’t live without noise.

 

Just maybe, it’s to drown out what we don’t want to hear being replayed in our heads?

 

Apart from sleep, when was the last time that you were quiet?

 

Silence can be deafening.

 

Maybe we’re afraid of what God might want to say to us?

 

Maybe we just can’t be bothered to allow great thoughts to overcome the negative thoughts that take us down daily.

 

Dominant thoughts cannot be dealt with just by drowning them out BUT by replacing them. Replacing them requires you to have a daily ‘time out’ to be quiet and realign yourself.

Being quiet takes practice.

 

1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 … “Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: you should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.”

 

Interestingly, one translation says ‘study to be quiet’.

 

Becoming good at something requires us to study it in order to master it.

 

We practice because it’s a hard thing to do.

 

Make it a priority from today to take control of what you choose to hear.

 

Make time and take time to address your dominant thoughts by facing up to them and then replacing them.

 

Philippians 4:8-9 “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me – put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”

 

Don’t just empty your mind today… fill it with good things.

 

Pastor Mark

 

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