Reclaiming Joy in the Everyday
Updated: Jul 1, 2018
What’s the first thought that goes through your mind when the low fuel light appears on your car’s dashboard?
Is it: Oh, I better find the next gas station. Or, No worries. I‘ve got at least 15 more miles. 😊
Indicator lights on our car’s dashboard are helpful. They point us to something going on at a level we cannot see, or sometimes even understand. I may not know the specifics of what is happening with my car, but when an indicator light comes on, I know a repair is needed.
Similarly, I believe our emotions and actions serve as indicator lights to the condition of our soul.
Emotions of sadness and despair. . . feelings of being overwhelmed, confused, depression, or even addiction. These indicate that something at a deeper level needs attention.
What do we do?
While out of control emotions could stem from many things, let me share a verse I’ve found helpful:
Romans 8:6: “For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.”
Paul says the mind set on the flesh is death. If unchecked, our minds naturally think on things of the flesh. It’s a preoccupation and drive for our desires, our things, our appearance, our reputation, our fulfillment.
Generally, these thoughts are self-seeking and self-serving.
Conversely, setting the mind on the Spirit is a mind set on God, His Word, His faithfulness, His love, His people, and what He is doing in this earth. It’s a radical transformation of our thinking.
Now, did you catch the vast discrepancy between the two outcomes?
LIFE or DEATH.
This verse tells me I must carefully guard what I allow myself to think about. Whether we realize it or not, our thoughts determine the trajectory of our days, weeks, years, and. . . . YES! Our entire lives.
This truth is a strong call for you and I to guard our thoughts and actively renew our mind through the liberating truth of God’s word.
So when feeling out of sorts, ask yourself, ‘Where has my mind been? What have I been thinking about?’
And then quickly set your mind on the Spirit: thoughts NOT plagued with self but liberated by joyfilled thoughts of how to love Christ and serve others.
It’s someone who radiates with life and peace!
Isn’t that what you crave? Isn’t that the way you want to live?
Life and peace come rushing to the surface of our hearts as we determine to silence the allurements of the world and the way it would have us think.
Victory and joy in everyday life come through a disciplined and determined effort to let our thoughts be harnessed by the truth of God’s word. So if you crave this life of joy, repair your thoughts by setting your mind on the Spirit today.