“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
Paul 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.