Derail This Train of Thought
The wind is blowing fiercely outside my door. Every gust rattles me and I am scared. My mind drifts to all my past preparations: did I build a foundation firm enough to withstand an attack? Did I fail to prepare wisely? How did I squander my resources? All my attention goes to my flaws and perceived weaknesses. It’s easy to pick on myself and magnify my failures. I force myself to derail this train of thought. It won’t transport me to a place of truth or health. I turn my thoughts to what WILL: the God who sees me. The God who carries me. The God who comforts me and pleads my defense to the worst attacker of all: my sin-centered self. God, please show me how to give myself grace. Help me love me the way you do!
“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.” Philippians 4:8 NIV