“All their days their work is grief and pain; even at night their minds do not rest. This too is meaningless” (Ecclesiastes 2:23)..
Recently I found myself in an office where the walls were cluttered with signs.
Everywhere you looked, large, small, even tiny signs could be found with a wide variety of sayings and quotes. But the sign that stuck out from the rest, paradoxically, was the sign that said: Simplify.
That office and its multitude of signs struck me as a metaphor for my own mind. It is too often cluttered with thoughts and ideas going this way and that. I am being pulled in one direction and then another just as my eyes bounced from one sign and its message to the next in that office.
How easy it is to let our minds get cluttered with thoughts, ideas, fears, anxieties, and doubts. How much better it would be to quiet our busy thoughts and focus instead on God.
When we turn our minds toward God rather than chasing after endless ideas and thoughts that carry us away from what is most important, we remove the endless clutter that weakens our focus and fruitlessly scatters our thoughts.
I think if that had been my office I would have removed every sign and added only one in their place: Trust in God. The is the sign every Christian should have foremost in their thoughts.
When all of our gimmicks and ideas fall flat, when all the best sayings we can come up with fall short of our needs, then it is time to turn to God and fill our minds instead with Him.
When you live with illness your life can quickly fill up with worries and cares, leaving you with scattered thoughts instead of focusing upon the one important thought: JESUS.
Prayer: Dear Lord, still our busy thoughts and free our cluttered minds. Fill our hearts and minds instead with You. Amen.
About the Author:
Karlton Douglas lives in Ohio with his lovely wife. What he desires continually is to be free of a cluttered mind, and have the Mind of Christ instead.
How cluttered is your mind with worries and cares? Why not open your mind and heart to Jesus?
We live in a world where our brain is constantly being stimulated. We have no time to grieve, to rest, to relax with friends. This is the song “Hesitate” with the group Judah and the Lion. Hoping it reminds you how precious you–and your time (or energy, for many of us!)–is to God.