Stinkin’ thinking …

“Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious.” Philippians 4:8

imagePaul encouraged the Philippians to change their doomsday thinking to create peace of mind. The mind has a way of triggering back to the last thought we dwelled on. So, “stinkin’ thinking” takes over for good thoughts.

I relate bad thoughts to mustard. Yes, mustard. When I make a sub sandwich, I add mustard, but I bury it in the middle of the meat and cheese so that when I take a bite, mustard is not the first thing I taste.

Bad thoughts have a strong mustard-type affect in my brain. When a thought brings fear or anxiety to my soul, I try the sub sandwich method of burying it deeply among good thoughts. It takes practice to make this happen. Each time the bad thought appears, I move it a layer deeper until the thought isn’t the first thing to surface all day long.

Thank you, Lord, for giving our brains a way to bury bad thoughts. Amen.

About lindagillis

I am a retired church office servant, a writer, speaker for conferences, events, and retreats, and advocate for those who work in the church office. I began writing seriously after winning the 2006 Guideposts Writer's Workshop and being published in "Guideposts" and "Angels on Earth" magazines. I have self-published two book, "The Donut Theory--Meditation and Inspiration for the Church Office" and "Humble Beginnings--Daily Meditation Moments". My other passion is family and traveling to visit family and friends.
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