Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Remodeling


Remodel about to begin. And it's about time.
We moved into our house 20+ years ago, and
our 80's master bath really needed a remodel.
I wanted to rip that bathroom apart asap, but
our growing family dictated other changes.
Every other room has been fabulously transformed.
But now it's time to lose the ‘80s and
get the master bathroom I've always wanted.
Sometimes remodeling takes time.
My thought life is undergoing a similar remodel.
There are some thoughts I probably
should have “remodeled” years ago.
As with our home, remodeling is continual and
I have been transformed by His Word all along.
But there are areas I haven’t gotten to.
It is now time.

Our thoughts matter.
But sometimes I don’t stop to see
what I am even thinking about.
Sometimes I have this “off” feeling
in the pit of my stomach,
and I have to stop and remember why.
Oh. Yeah. That.
And I’ll maybe have a reason why
that thought is a tricky one to change.

With our thoughts, sometimes we are
tearing down thought patterns that are
both familiar and comfortable to us.
When we have lived with a measure of
fear and worry for a long period of time,
it may not “feel like us” to think differently.
"Positive thoughts only."
Hmmm.  Maybe not always.

We "take every thought captive..."
Really? Every thought?
We must actively observe our thinking
and capture the rebels--
 worry, doubt, frustration, anger
unforgiveness, disappointment.
We direct our attention to the Word,
and the nature of Christ,
and meditate upon the truth until
we can "vote yes" to it.

Positive thoughts only.
It is the only biblical way to think.
"Think about these things:
things that are true, excellent, praiseworthy."
This remodeling project is going to do more
than transform some '80s motif.
I believe it will radically transform
every area of my life.
"As a man thinks in his heart,
so is he."
Here we go, here we go...

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