The only sure thing we have is God. We guarantee our paths staying steady when we set our minds on Him. Our trust is always proved with Him. He never lets us down. We can depend on Him. This is why He is meant to be the focus of our lives. We are able to, “keep in perfect peace,” because with our minds set on Him and we are doing exactly what He has asked of us. This kind of obedience will protect our minds and thus our lives and lead us down a straight path. We will never find ourselves in confusion or doubt. Rather we will be able to hold steadfast in all we do and our lives will be completely whole.
Isaiah 26:3 NIV
Oftentimes the world can pose as a god worth following. This may be because we can see the things in this world that we want. Things like financial wealth, material things, vanity, relationships and this list goes on. However, these are the things that blind us. They keep us from making and keeping Him the focus. These things will bring darkness to our lives when they are not secondary to God, who created it all. The only reason we cannot see the truth that is Christ is when we allow the world to blind us through the desires that come before God in our minds. The message of God is always clear to those that make Him the center of their thoughts. Our lives will radiate with light and our desires will always be met when we are filled with His Spirit. It all starts with what we allow to lead our minds.
2 Corinthians 4:4 NIV
Considerations for your planner:
- What are you focusing on today? Is it God? Write it down and see how you can bring your thoughts back to Him.
- Are there things in this world you desire above your relationship with God? Write them down.
A Story of Staying Steady:
I have always been a very cerebral person. This is just a nicer way of saying that I dwell way too long on things that happen that I do not like. I obsessively think of all the ways in which the thing I did not like could have been different. Of course this is always futile because it is not like I can travel back in time and change anything.
My obsessive nature always gets the better of me. It sends me into a mental spiral that has a firm grip on my thoughts and feelings. This way of being takes all the focus off God and places it squarely on me. It is a nasty habit. I am grateful to be aware of it, but sometimes it comes on without warning. The world's way of thinking consumes me and I play out all other possible scenarios.
When I finally exhaust myself from all the thinking I realize my number one problem. I have taken the focus off God. This happened recently and when I realized the focus was not on Him I asked for forgiveness. I could feel peace immediately enter my mind and chest. The tight feeling in my chest that I had been living with in my dwelling and obsessiveness lifted. God is the only way to maintain my peace and be sure of the path I’m on.
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