Thursday, 25 September 2008

Don't Worry 11 - Get your Thinking Straight (A)

I'm still thinking about why Christians have no need (or right!) to worry, and how they can avoid worrying...

11. Get your thinking straight: think about the things that matter

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. (Philippians 4:8)

Don’t dwell on the problem. If you fill your mind and thoughts with the things that really matter then (a) you'll think less about your worries and (b) it will help you to get things in perspective. We’ve all been caught out by someone saying something like, "Don’t think about yellow tigers walking down Cricklewood Lane"—and that's immediately all we can think about!

It’s no good just telling yourself you mustn’t worry—that will only cause you to worry more. But if, on the other hand, you think about God’s word, about the blessings that God has brought your way, about the kindnesses that people have shown you, about the beauty and wonder of his creation, and other things that are noble, right, pure, lovely and admirable, you’ll find that a great help.