And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:8-9
I use Outlook to remind me of the meetings I need to attend. The morning of one particular meeting, I send out a reminder to everyone who should be in attendance. Recently this meeting was changed to a new time. I came in to work a week later and a reminder from Outlook popped up reminding me to send out my email, which I did. I had forgotten that the meeting was now at a different time. Reminded of the new time I had to go into Outlook and delete the series of reminders for this meeting.
Don’t we all use Outlook with reminders? In a way we do. Our minds are a lot like Outlook. We can often be reminded of things that have changed since they were first added into our way of thinking. Sometimes those reminders are from long ago. We never have deleted them. Of course I am thinking about when we come to Christ and receive a new outlook. Things that were washed away at the foot of the Cross sometimes pop into our minds and remind us of who we were. Dates pop up to remind us of when particular hurtful things happened to us. We are in the midst of a situation and a reminder pops up that brings us back to an identity we no longer should identify with.
I know, for myself, I am forgetful to hit the delete button. Before long we are not in a good place because we have dwelled on things that no longer apply to us. The places we can go to in our minds have not been deleted and replaced with a new way of thinking.
What is your outlook today? Perhaps your fear, worry, anger, mistrust or hardened heart has to be replaced with a new reminder. Our new reminders must come from the Word of God so we understand the outlook our Father has for us. Spend time in Scripture and allow Jesus to delete, replace and renew your outlook today.
May this be our prayer today:
“Father God, help us see the difference between our frail, sometimes faulty opinions and Your rock solid Truth.” Lysa TerKeurst