Venture into the Wideness of Wonder

2014-11-08 10.35.52You know that little circle in your mind where your thoughts go round and round, and they all revolve around something negative about yourself or others? Yeah, that little circle. Don’t go there.
Haven’t you ever read about how an enemy besieges a city? He circles it–over and over. Calling out threats, and insulting those inside,the enemy and his troops spend the first part of their warfare discouraging and disabling a city from within. Before long, the enemy doesn’t even need to stand outside the walls because he has planted his lie and threat securely enough that no one dares leave the town.
It doesn’t take long for the inhabitants of the city to become restless, impulsive, angry, destructive, and even self-defeating.
That circle in your head…that’s your siege. The voices say the same thing. “There is no hope, there is no answer, you will not survive, improve, or make headway.” Sound familiar? If so, you have been the target of your enemy and you need a strategy.
Take a different track today. Venture into the wildness and wonder of the mercy and goodness of God. Take your mind into large places of things that put you in awe. Sunsets, babies’ laughter, coffee with a friend, worship, prayer, a long walk, photo books. Go where you see hope, beauty, transcendence, mercy, love, compassion, and goodness. Walk there. Get lost there.
That little circle in your mind may have been planted there by your enemy, but the path does not need to be worn. Blaze a new trail into the world God has made for you with unfathomable mercy, unquenchable love, infinite possibilities, and bottomless hope.
Philippians 4:8
Finally, brothers and sisters, 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.

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