“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—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.” Philippians 4:8 (MSG)
There are people that have never experienced being drunk with alcohol. They don’t know what it feels like to be completely out of it, as though they’ve just been on a bad roller coaster. Although some people don’t know what alcohol intoxication feels like, everyone of us has experienced a different type of intoxication in our lives that’s just as terrible and even more dangerous. We all have experienced being completely wasted in our minds. When we allow ourselves to consistently think on negative thoughts, before long we are no longer our real selves. We are no longer recognized by anyone. It’s as if every negative thought is a shot glass filled with toxic substance. After a while of consuming the negative thoughts, our words become toxic, our actions become toxic, and our behavior changes dramatically. So many people have left their spouse, relocated, quit their jobs, involved themselves in violence, cussed someone out, abandoned their children, attempted suicide, or left their churches all in a state of intoxication in their minds. We have thought to ourselves, “They don’t like me”, “He doesn’t love me”, “I hate this job”, “I should have married someone else”, “She did that to me on purpose, I don’t like her”, or “I can’t do this.” Daughters, if we sit and think on these negative thoughts too long, we are going to say something we regret and do something we will regret for the rest of our lives. It’s after we sober up that we realize the terrible consequences of our negative thinking. Every action begins with a thought. If we can change how we think, we can change how we respond to people and situations in our lives.
Prayer: Father God, forgive me for all of the negative thinking I have allowed in my life. You gave me the mind of Christ. You gave me a spirit of power, love, and a sound mind. I receive by faith the sound mind you have already given me through Jesus. Holy Spirit, I ask that You teach me how to stay sober in my mind when I’m at work, when I’m alone in my car, when I’m at home, when I’m with my husband, when I’m at church, and when I’m around my family. Help me to think on the right things. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.