Saturday, September 3, 2011

your daily thoughts

{i'm writing over here this month.}

did you know that the average person has over 10,000 thoughts a day? that’s about six different thoughts a minute! when i first heard this surprising statistic at polishing the pulpit, i jotted down a few of the thoughts i had that day: sadness for a group of girls walking in mcdonald’s immodestly dressed… a surprise phone call from a friend…what to say to a person after receiving a random text… what class do i choose?… do i look like i’m interested in the lesson?… is my hair in place?… did i just say the right thing?…am i paying attention and retaining what i’m learning in my daily Bible reading?… 
 what’s for lunch?… do i know that person?… i love her outfit… something smells good… i’m tired… are my clothes wrinkled?… does my hair look okay?… i sure do love this family i’m spending time with… my throat hurts… that’s beautiful singing… does my hair look flat? 
so what do you think about?

amazingly, (but probably not surprising to my fellow girlfriends out there!) the major thought that kept reoccurring to me throughout the day was centered on… my hair. (some of you dudes might be thinking… your hair?!) i encourage you to take a minute and put on paper a few of your thoughts you had throughout the day. afterward, pinpoint what thought seemed to reoccur most often. was it about your new shoes? what you were having for dinner? your adjustment to your new teachers at school? something you saw on tv? something your buddy said?

now, think about this. in contrast to all your thoughts, how many of them were on something spiritual? this particular day when i wrote my thoughts down at ptp, i probably thought a lot more on Godly things because of the people i was around and the lectures i was hearing. but what about every ordinary day?

should i just be thinking about Christ-related thoughts when i’m at church, while attending the youth group devotional or during conventions like ptp? consider this verse. set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. (Colossians 3:2) is this verse conditional? does it specify to have your thoughts centered on Christ only when you are at a church-related functions? not at all. my takeaway from this verse is referring to all the time… 24/7.

if i began centering my thoughts more on Godly things, how do you think that would affect my actions? they would become more Godly too. i would serve more, speak less, have a humble spirit, consider others, readily obey, not easily angered… the list is endless.  so, let me encourage you to put more purposeful thought into “things above.” because ultimately, your thoughts propel you into action.

7 comments:

Purposely at Home said...

how are we gonna clean up all this grease?, fix my hair..., what am i going to wear tomorrow to worship?, did you sign that birthday card?, respond to that text, i need to clean the toilets, can we watch the alabama game?, mom and daddy will be home soon, how does my hair look?, i need to iron, did i start the washer and dryer?, have i sent out the daily scripture text yet?, what are we going to do labor day?, when are those people gonna contact me about registering my book?, i need to take 4 tests next week, fold the clothes, put my hair in a pony-tail, prepare sunday school lesson, i need to read over 40 pages of accounting homework,......agh!! thoughts, thoughts, and moe thoughts!

i definitely think about my hair more than i should too. ;) need to work on that.... great points lowercase, :) love you.

Dawson Cattle Company said...

wonderful! my thoughts are centered around my SIL and her family. her gpa is in the hospial dying. and our friends in tenn whose son just had heart surgery to repair to holes in his heart. i find myself very distracted with thoughts of then both for several days now. Happy weekend to you, love what your doing.

Melissa Jane said...

I have a feeling I'm really going to enjoy this blog! :D Hehe. The best part is...I now can hear you say everything in my head and it makes it way cooler!

Luke said...

Good post and thanks for the comment! I guess I need to think about my hair less :D

By the way, just curious, what's the significance of lowercase?

Kayla Rose said...

Hi Memory!

Christopher's the one who told me about you, and I loved this post so I had to follow you. :-) Look forward to hearing from you in the future!

Lindsey said...

Hooray! So glad you have a blog - I've missed seeing what's going on with you! This is definitely a good exercise. I guess all of us girls tend to think about our hair! :)

Kayla said...

Hi Mem,

I love your blog!! What a great article! Especially a great reminder for me. I'm looking forward to reading more!

Your friend,
Kayla