Frustration is the fruit of tension. 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.
But there has always been an underlying tension with using my brain. You see, I was raised to use my mind, to solve problems, to create, to be employed. God gave me a brain, and I should use it. Sometimes however, using my brain has led me to make decisions I’ve regretted. In hindsight I justify those decisions with a matter-of-fact, “I did the best with what I knew.” It’s quite true. I made the best decisions I could at the time.
A few weeks ago I heard this:
No matter how smart you are,
a bad thought is still a bad thought.
What God was saying to me is this: Yes, He gave me a brain, and scripture says that in Jesus we have the mind of Christ. But our belief systems drive our thoughts. When our belief systems are off course from truth we still have that God-given brain, but we are thinking is off.
The bible states that we are transformed by the renewing of our mind. My mind is being radically transformed. The frustration is lessening as the tension between my way of thinking gets course corrected. We can experience a different life, new levels of joy and peace, as we allow our minds to be transformed. I know this is true because I am experiencing it.
At the end of the day, a brilliant mind can have brilliant, world-changing thoughts, or it can have profoundly messed up thoughts. It isn’t about the brilliant, it’s about the thoughts.
We have a choice. With each thought we have a choice. We can be willful and determined to figure it out and do it our way, or we can begin to course-correct our thinking to line up with God's truth; Truth that is good, acceptable, and perfect.
I'm in. Are you?
The best is yet to come, if we choose to be open.