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Your Mind

Have you ever noticed that the harder you try to put something out of your mind, the more it dominates your thoughts? It’s a sneaky little trick of the enemy to get us to believe that we can “forget” about the problems and challenges of life. The natural, human response to the cares and concerns of life is to anxiously mull them over and over in our minds, trying our best to find a good answer to solve these complex issues.

God’s answer is rather simple, but difficult to put into practice. We must realize that our flesh is weak, but God’s power, available to us in crucial times, is more than enough to meet the challenge. Instead of allowing our problems to weigh our minds down with worry, we need to learn how to give those thoughts to the Lord. Peter said it this way, “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” (1 Pet. 5:7) Different versions give a broader insight. The Bible in Basic English says it this way, “Putting all your troubles on him, for he takes care of you.” The Contemporary English Version says, “God cares for you, so turn all your worries over to him.” The Good News Version states, “Leave all your worries with him, because he cares for you.”

Jesus encouraged His disciples not to worry or be overly concerned with the basic necessities of life. He reminded them “your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.” (Matthew 6:32)

It is certainly not wrong to be concerned about problems or challenges we face. In fact, it would be irresponsible not to take care of our responsibilities. The wrong comes in, however, when we allow those issues to dominate our thinking and thus affect our lives adversely. The way to put worries in their proper place is to focus, concentrate our mental abilities on the goodness and loving care of a heavenly Father that we know loves us and wants the best for His children. It is our focus that is important. Focus on the problem solver rather than on the problem. Do not allow the enemy to keep you talking to everybody you meet about the problem. Commit it to the Lord the way you would mail a letter. When you drop a letter in the mailbox, you don’t sit there wringing your hands fretting whether or not the postal service will get it to its proper destination or not. You just walk off and leave it there. Surely our God is much more worthy of our trust than the U.S. Postal Service.

When you learn the joy of committing the problems of life to the Lord, then you can say with the Psalmist, “In the multitude of my thoughts within me, your comforts delight my soul.” (Ps. 94:19)

---Dean St. Cyr

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