Yesterday I talked about planning and this morning while having a conversation with a friend the following came to my mind so I decided to write about this today. I shared this with my group on Facebook this morning but felt led to share here as well. I know that if I am going to learn to plan well I need to have more balance in my life and I believe it starts in the mind. I can think of no other place to begin to learn about balance than looking to the Word of God. I hope this post blesses you today.
My mind has been on balance this morning and I’ve been asking the Lord to help me find something to share that will speak to our need for balance. Well you know the Lord is faithful, amen? So I was led to the following passage of scripture.
Read with me:
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 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.”
Philippians 4:4-8 NIV
My goodness if we practice this every day our lives will be full of balance. It starts in our minds. What do we think about? What worries do we have? What errands do we need to take care of? What parent, child, spouse, neighbor, friend is tugging on our time and energy? What frustration are we carrying from making that call to the light, gas, phone, cable company? What attitude are we carrying from the gas station attendant, grocery store cashier, post office worker? What annoyances are we carrying from our co-workers, boss, etc? All these things can throw us into having an unbalanced mind, right? And that’s not even half of the things that happen on a daily basis in our lives. I won’t even get into the newspapers, news on TV, news on social media, politics, crime, etc!
But let’s try doing exactly what this passage of scripture says.
Rejoice in the Lord always!
Do not be anxious about anything!
Think on whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely and admirable!
Think on things that are admirable and praiseworthy!
Pray in every situation!
Let your requests be made known unto God!
Now I’ve broken our scripture passage down into snippets that we can write out to keep in front of us today. But here are the words that wrap it all up and we can stand on this firmly today:
“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
If that’s not balance, I don’t know what is? In order to have balance in our lives it must start in the mind. God’s Word is powerful. We can stand on it when we work it. Let’s work these Words into our lives today and let our hearts and minds be guarded by the Lord Jesus Christ.