June 26th, 2018 — IGNITE

Have you ever caught yourself daydreaming. I have to admit, I do it all the time. I can be busily working on a project… taking a walk… just sitting outside… and my mind starts to go places that’s either I wish I were at, or doing something other than I’m doing. Sometimes I replay old scenes in my life and make them come out the right way with all the things I would have done differently.

And this isn’t something new in my life. I remember being a little boy and my parents having to go to the parent/teacher conference at my school. I always got good grades, but the comments from all my teachers were always the same, “Mark day dreamers a lot.” I remember my parents telling me I needed to pay attention more and stop daydreaming. But the very next day, you know what I was doing, though it wasn’t as if I did it intentionally to make my teacher mad or just to be obstinate. I couldn’t help it. My mind just went into its own little seizure I guess, and before I knew it, I was someplace else, deep in thought. So, if you’ve ever been talking to me and all of a sudden, I’m like gone, now you know why! I haven’t tuned you out, I’ve just stepped out for a moment. Stay with me, I’ll be right back! 🙂

So, let me ask you, what kind of things do you think about? Do you think about past encounters? Or do you think about future appointments? Do you rehash old arguments? Or do you think about things you’d like to say to somebody? Do you re-live all your failures? Or you do dream about the possibilities that could be yours? When your mind isn’t occupied with the present, what do you think about? How you’re going to pay your bills? How you’re going to get healthy again? How come you can’t have a relationship that’s good?

Let me tell you what the Bible says we should be thinking on and about…
“… whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things; and the God of peace shall be with you.” Philippians 4:8-9

Here’s my word of encouragement for you today: It’s easy to think all the negative stuff from our past, the hard things in our present and undesirable in our future. But capture your thoughts and think on the list of things above – the true, the honorable, the right, the pure, the lovely, the good repute, the things worthy of praise. Let those things flood your mind for in them you’ll find the peace you’ve been looking for – the peace of God.

Help me think on You today – all day! In Jesus name I ask this, Amen.

Rev. Dr. MM Marxhausen