Everyday each and every one of us fights a battle, whether we are aware of it not. This battle is not fought outwardly with physical weapons and strength, it is fought within the confines of our own mind and spirit, and it begins everyday from the moment we take our first blessed and conscious breaths.
Instead of a traditional horn or a trumpet signaling you to charge into the fray, this battle is usually declared by a digital tone emanating from a device placed by your head and set to a recurring time to systematically raise you from your nightly slumber. To put it plainly, an alarm clock.
This daily skirmish that I allude to is the battle of attempting to keep God, Christ and Faith in our estimated 50,000-70,000 thoughts that we experience each and everyday of our conscious lives.
I understand that nobody can keep a Christ-like consciousness 24 hours a day, we all fall extremely short of that glory, but by being more mindful of our daily thoughts we can definitely begin to shift our lives, actions and interactions towards a more beneficial and faithful outcome.
I know that I am not alone when I wake up everyday and my mind is immediately bombarded with the daunting thoughts of the tasks, situations, stress and realities of the world I will face throughout the day. Some days it takes every ounce of faith and mental strength I possess to face these challenges head on, and God help me if I don’t get my two to three cups of coffee in the morning.
If you’re fortunate or faithful enough to not have these intimidating thoughts every morning, God bless you, but if you find yourself in the same boat as myself, I say keep fighting the good fight. It all starts from within. Remember, it’s not so much about what goes in, but rather what comes forth:
It is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person – Matthew 15:11
Defiled and hurtful words, thoughts, and actions are all born from allowing our minds and thoughts to stray away from God and Christ. Nothing good or uplifting will ever come from living and leading this type of life. Once we begin to be mindful of how our vile thoughts produce vile and undesirable actions and words, we can begin to transform and train ourselves, and our minds, to produce more fruitful and faithful results.
Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad, for the tree is known by its fruit. – Matthew 12:33
Everybody can reflect back on their lives to at least one situation in their past, whether distant or recent, where their thoughts and/or mindset produced a hurtful or unfruitful situation, phrase or action. Chances are you may also know or work with somebody who does this on a daily basis. In either case, you are able to see how walking, living and thinking with a mind not set on God and Christ can negatively impact the world around you.
The idea of keeping and practicing God’s teachings, love and grace in your daily thoughts is not a new concept, but it’s something that we sometimes need to be reminded and mindful of. The idea of trying to keep God in your 50,000 daily thoughts can also seem overwhelming, but if you break those 50,000 daily thoughts down into roughly 35 thoughts per minute, it seems a little more attainable.
As I mentioned earlier, it all starts from within, and with one thought at a time. It is a process that may never be mastered in a lifetime, but it is both a process and a habit that is completely worth the effort, and one we must all strive for.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. – Philippians 4:8