Good scripture filtered through bad thought processes leads to bad theology that steals our destiny.
We will always have thoughts. It’s how we are designed. We get the privilege of choosing the thoughts we have. Beyond the power of positive thinking, which is indeed powerful, is the fact that when we choose Jesus, we inherit the ability to think with Him, to know what He is thinking. This is beyond positive thinking.
For as long as I can remember, I have felt frustration in my faith journey. I have enough smarts to keep myself (and my children, when they were home) fed, clothed, under shelter, and with enough play money to have fun now and then. God gave me a brain. I always have been able to use it. My mother reminded me often to use my brain.
“That’s not who you are!” I can still hear my mother exclaiming in a firm but loud voice as she pointed her finger at the object on the table. Even in this moment as I type, my head is shaking at the memory of that day and the very stupid action that landed the 14-year-old girl at the kitchen table. It was a stupid action, it wasn’t a reflection of who I was, and for the life of me, I can’t even remember why I did it.
Okay, it’s January 2nd. Here we are again with a timely chance to start over. How are you feeling about that? Me, I’ll be honest with you. I am overwhelmed. Where is that hope and excitement I had last week?
Everything changed when I met another man.
It was obvious to those in my life that I wanted a relationship. I truly thought I was fine. My relationship with Jesus was incredible. I was happy, content, and clueless.
I met him one weekend. It was a Saturday night.