Often, when I’m asked “How are you doing?” or “How are you feeling?” the answer that comes to my mind is “It depends on what I thinking about!” It’s kind of like flicking through the channels with the remote control…some channels make you laugh…some are boring…some make you angry…some make you worry…some lift your spirits…you know, it depends on what channel you’re tuned in on. When my mind is on unresolved problems or potential conflicts, well I tend to feel worried, even discouraged. When my mind is on the ministries that seem to be doing well right now, obviously I’m encouraged and optimistic.
When my mind is on me…well, it can either be a moment of deluding pride or more likely the burden of “in my flesh dwells no good thing.” Obviously, when my mind is on the Lord, it’s a completely different feeling. I’m reminded of what the prophet Isaiah wrote in 26:3, “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.” The old hymn, “Be Thou My Vision” puts it this way, “Thou my best thought, by day or by night.”
Some of my “best thoughts” right now are God’s great and gracious blessing to me in my family. Watching God do great things in and through the lives of our children and grandchildren is among the sweetest of joys. When the “channel” of my mind turns to the many new believers in our church family and the many unbelievers who are open, searching, and learning right now…well, that’s certainly one of those “best thoughts.” I’m really looking forward to this Sunday as new believers follow the Lord in baptism and unite with our church family to worship, serve, and grow together…another “best thought.” I’m looking forward to meeting the new visitors that God is bringing to us each week in increasing numbers. Oh, and I’m also looking forward to vacation in a couple of weeks! So, right now my heart and mind are on the encouraging “channels” for which I’m grateful and praising the Lord. See you in church, Lord willing.