Your Mind is Like a Fishbowl


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Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. Philippians 4:8
Have you ever gone into a room where a fishbowl has been left unattended for a long time? It’s not very pretty. We discuss in our book, “Working through the Crisis”, the concept of our mind being like that fishbowl. If our mind is not refreshed with new water on a regular basis, it will become stagnant and stale, it’s hold upon the oxygen of truth will fade away, and the living things inside the bowl will die. To paint a picture, if we leave our mind alone with no intervention or refreshment from the Lord for any length of time, it will become a stinking mess.  This verse proves that we need to be constantly and willfully bringing our minds and our actions into a renewing relationship with the Lord, with His Word, and with constructive people and inputs or we will begin to fall into decay. This verse also proves that we are not only capable of bringing a level of control to our thought lives, we are strongly encouraged to do so at all times.

I know that a family breakup creates a season of crisis. I also know that, in your season of crisis, your mind is racing with all kinds of thoughts, and very few of those thoughts are constructive ones. That’s totally okay, but you have an opportunity in your season of crisis, to learn a skill that very few Christians ever learn. And that is the ability to grab hold of the whirlwind of your thoughts, stop them from spinning in your head, and replace those thoughts with constructive, pure, thankful and hopeful thoughts.

It will take some discipline for you to do that, but you are empowered to do it in Christ. You just have to decide to venture into the whirlwind of your mind with the power vested within you. If you develop the skill; you can be used of God more effectively in the future; and this season of crisis will have brought you a wealth of positive, usable understanding, instead of a big negative, stinking mess.

So the choice is yours. I know you didn’t ask for any of this, but God has clearly given you the authority to grab hold of those destructive thoughts. I hope you’ll get started in establishing that habit right away. As always, those are my thoughts, I’d love to hear yours.

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