I noticed the other day as Aniston and I were coloring that she actually wasn’t there anymore and yet I still was. She had long gone off and played with something else, but I was still meticulously coloring in a giant mermaid and alternating between different shades of green to give it some texture. I think I may put it in one of those contests, but BG isn’t getting royalties on this one.
What the heck!?
Maybe you can relate to this too.
It’s almost the same as when you are driving on a long road trip and suddenly realize you can’t account for the last 25 miles if your life depended on it. You may or may not have hit 9-10 animals, driven on the shoulder, and possibly listened to a country station, but road amnesia struck and you have no idea.
We all have these moments from time to time when we let our minds wander. Normally it isn’t a bad thing and most times you arrive to your destination without too much road rash, but there are times when it can be dangerous.
I’ve sat down with couples who are on the verge of divorce because of infidelity and in nearly every case they can pinpoint a moment of mind wandering that led them to the wrong conclusions and into someone else’s bed.
I’ve met men who are chest deep in a pornography addiction because of a moment of mind wandering that made them want to dig a little further.
I’ve met women that have allowed themselves to travel so far from the reality of who they are that they have spiraled into a self-induced depression all because of a mental excursion.
Our minds are so very powerful, but yet so very fragile and swayed at the same time.
God’s design and desire for our thought life is one that is controlled and filtered through Him. Listen to the words of Paul:
- We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. – 2 Corinthians 10:5
- The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace. – Romans 8:5
- Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. – Romans 12:2
In a day and age where the advice is to “follow your heart” and “do whatever you think is best” we need to follow these Scriptural Truths more than ever. Let’s face it, we have tried to be god in our own lives and look where it’s gotten us.
All Satan needs is for you and I to think enough about the wrong thing to get us off track. It’s not the five-car-pile-ups in our life that screw us up the most, it’s the detours we take to get somewhere faster that mess us up.
Maybe it’s time to actually follow the plan the Big Man designed and start filtering our thought life through Him. This way we don’t end up in a ditch or coloring princesses on our own.