Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers, 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.
To be real, I have trouble with my thoughts. Although God has enabled me to have some victory, I still find I’m thinking what ifs, rehashing past mistakes, or picking up anger over a long ago infliction that I have forgiven others for.
To begin, I redirected my thoughts on good things, God, when these thought overcame me. I also changed a few things in my life that triggered thoughts (avoid temptation). God enabled me to have this victory, this tool to combat negative thoughts. I also took time to forgive others once again when needed.
With this success, I found my mind wondering when I needed to listen. I asked how can I be more attentive. I try, however no matter how much I try, I often find myself not listening again.
This is a selfish behavior, in that I’m thinking of what I want to think on instead of listening to what others. Especially when something important is being said. This is a distraction from the enemy for me to miss what is said.
God led me to mind control. It’s not just redirecting my thoughts, but to spend time each day not thinking and being in His presence. It is hard to shut off my mind. I know only good fruit will come from it. I hope that as the days pass, it will become easier and I can go longer without thoughts. I look forward to how this chances my relationship with God.