The place inside your head… 😳
I read a meme on LinkedIn today that said:
You spend most of your life inside your head. Make it a nice place to be.
It was posted by the Emotional Intelligence Network.
So, my question is, how do we do that?
I dare say it takes work on our part. Hard work.
Rom 12:2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Phil 4:8 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.
Eph. 4:22-24 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
These scriptures call us into action. No passivity is going to work here, it is going to be a battle because the enemy wants anything but us kicking out the narratives that circle around in our minds that are not godly.
One of our authors, Paula Jausch, posted recently “I think the best thing I ever did in my adult life was start digging deep and asking myself why I am the way I am and do things the way I do. It takes a ton of work and intentionality, but getting to know yourself on a deeper level will help you thrive. Don’t go into 2024 staying stuck in the same cycles. Do the hard work.”
As I continue to unpack the root of rejection that has so controlled my life, I am finding all sorts of bad habits in the way I think, which deserves to be tended to. How about you? How is the place inside your head? Is it a nice place to be, or do you too need to do some major renovations?
According to the verses above we can start renovating our mind by doing the following:
Romans 12:2 – Transform your mind is to stop your stinkin’ thinkin’. This is done through testing yourself to determine if your thoughts are aligned with the will of God: His desires, His standards, His practices, His motives, and His values. The only way you learn His will is to be in His Word. Then, RECALL THE TRUTH you read and place your mind there each and every moment of the day.
Philippians 4:8 – Practicing this list of virtues brings us to a place of higher thinking common to the everyday practices of philosophy. But when met with prayer as the foundation of these good things, the outcome will be far greater than the self-improvement this world can offer. PRAY for these virtues to permeate your thoughts every moment of the day.
Ephesians 4:22-24 – You will move in a direction in direct proportion to your thoughts. ACTIONS that flow from a mind that is conformed to the will of God and purposed in prayer will be godly. Putting off the old and putting on the new. Your mind directs a lifestyle that corresponds to holiness that you will live every moment of the day.
So how about we wrap this up by summing it up? Renovation takes place when you:
- Feed your mind on the Word to know TRUTH,
- Practice these virtues committing them to PRAYER,
- Live out your renewed thoughts through godly ACTIONS.
Where do you need to begin this renovation process? Let’s intentionally begin this practice every moment of the day. And when you do, your head will be a nice place to be!
Thanks for spending time with me today!
Welcome, I'm Athena!
I start each day by tithing the first hour to the Lord in prayer, reading the word, doing word studies of the Text, and asking God how I can live out what I am reading. This time is usually met with meditation on devotionals that are usually written by dead guys like Oswald Chambers, CS Lewis, Charles Spurgeon, AW Tozer, and Andrew Murray.
Right now, I’m reading a daily devotional with a friend called Tozer on the Almighty God for my focus for the day. It's fun to see individually what pulls us in to spur one another on to good deeds!
The Bible is filled with action steps to walk out in practical and intentional ways. This sets my day in motion to walk it out! I hope this is your heart, too.
Consider this a personal invitation to join me in this journey!