Glancing across the street I noticed a tree limb had fallen and appeared to take on the form of a grazing deer.
I knew it wasn't a deer but it sure looked like one.
Upon second glance, I wondered why the broken tree limb looked so much like a grazing deer to me?
Was my mind playing tricks on me?
Or could it have something to do with the fact I actually had watched the neighborhood deer grazing on grass a few minutes prior?
If this is the case, all I can say is, “the mind is very powerful.”
Powerful enough to make imagination seem like reality.
Boy, does this give merit to the following scripture;
I will not set before my eyes
anything that is worthless. Psalm 101:3a ESV
How much of the negativity we watch or listen to actually seeps into our mind and affects how we live?
TV shows, news and even some music that constantly declares everything is bad, wrong and more wrong.
If we're not careful, we may find it happens more than we're aware of. Causing our life's perspective to be out of sync.
For this reason, some time ago, I stopped watching certain TV shows and listening to some music.
The broken branch appearing to be a grazing deer confirms my choice to have been a good one.
Life in itself has enough issues without adding unnecessary influences to cloud my mind. I also took this concept into conversations. There is a fine line between a sympathetic ear versus a dumping ground for too much mess.
I noticed that once I started putting these guards in place, my perspective toward many things changed . Things weren't as bad as I thought.
Flooding my life with negativity caused me to see most everything from a negative perspective. I for one, decided that is one way of thinking I can do without.
Instead I began to occupy more of my idle time reading my bible. Purposely locating scripture that spoke to my current circumstances. For example, I found it did me little good to focus entirely to much on the deeper theological issues when what I actually needed was more joy,
Not only did this approach help steady my mind it also reshaped my thinking. In making these few adjustments I am finding the following passage will do exactly what it says it will do;
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know Gods will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. Romans 12:2 New Living Translation
Sonja Burketh,Inspirational Speaker and Writer
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