My wife recently sent an email with a quote she found on the internet (she always sends me great quotes and scripture!). The quote reads:
“What consumes your mind controls your life” – unknown
I’ve been on a trip of life changes and so I took time to ponder how I measure myself against this quote.
On the surface it is easy to say that the wisdom within this quote is obvious, and perhaps it is. It was when I was honest with myself that I found I wasn’t consuming my mind with the best things.
I’d allowed myself to let anxieties and fears over the future to replace much of my time in God’s Word. I haven’t been keeping my promise to God to read his word every day.
I chose other compensatory behaviors: Reading western novels (Hey don’t judge me Ha! Ha! Ha!) and ‘napping’ for hours. Both allowed me escape the relatives of my exile. Instead, I should have been losing myself in scripture to reinforce God’s love and protection. If you’re going to distract yourself with something, be sure it’s a healthy something, right?
I’m not saying that I shouldn’t lead a balanced a life as possible. I still read novels (I’ve now branched out into thrillers and mysteries!) and nap (for 20 to 30 minutes) but I find that bringing God’s Word back into my daily life brings a comfort I’d forgotten.
I’ve also begun to consider daily how I measure up against that quote and I’ve been surprised at how easy it is to become consumed with life’s little things. For me, some of life’s little things here in prison can be daunting. Things like guys spitting on the sidewalk instead of the grass and not holding doors open for the physically challenged and talking loudly in the library and and and… Things that in reality are annoyances that I can deal with by ignoring. Those behaviors, after-all, they don’t directly impact me.
The most surprising thing to come of living by that quote is how much more pleasant and easy life is. Eliminating the negative and replacing it with the positive is empowering.
Be empowered! Join me in living consumed by the Spirit.