Stinkin’ Thinkin’

Have you ever had “one of those weeks?”  Perhaps your best laid plans fell through… or someone you love misunderstood your intentions and “let you have it”… or illness drained your energy and left you feeling despondent.

In a nutshell, life is just not going the way you envisioned. download

Maybe your circumstances have left you feeling like a big green trash receptacle – full to the brim with the lid barely closing.  If so, I have good news – a truck from the sanitation department will take that trash away if we are willing to let it go.

Willing to let it go??  Why would anyone want to keep a stinky garbage can full of trash?

Why indeed?  Yet, how often do we sit around and ponder the problems in our lives?  How many times do we dwell on the negative things our loved ones do without considering all of the positives?  How often do we allow despair and doubt to color our world and affect our decisions?

God has provided a beautiful challenge that will help to clear away the debris and garbage that is trying to clutter our minds.  It’s found in Philippians 4:8.  Read through this list slowly and see if you have “set the garbage on the curb” or if you are hanging on to it and allowing it to stink up your life.

“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.” 

Why not ‘dump the trash’ over into the Master’s basket?  Let Him take care of it.  He has an amazing way of transforming our thoughts and causing our situations to change when we entrust them to His care.  What the enemy meant for harm, God can turn around and use to help us grow and mature in Christ Jesus.

Instead of dwelling on the negative, give it to Jesus and allow Him to transform your thinking and fill the atmosphere of your life with His sweet fragrance.

I think I hear the trash truck coming…


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