This week while reading through Stressed-Less Living, one paragraph from Chapter 5 really stood out to me:
"Being a Christian not only means serving God with our bodies but serving him with our hearts, souls, and minds. It means being totally sold-out to Christ in all aspects of our lives - surrendering all of our thoughts and actions to him. It means seeking the Lord with such great intensity that everything else pales in comparison. In turn, it is this intensity that helps us to be keenly aware of our need for his help to deal with our stress in the most effective ways. Once we are fully connected with Jesus, we will begin craving an insatiable daily portion of him to nourish our souls and fill our spirits with the peace we are starving for." ~Tracie Miles, Stressed-Less Living
I have always known and understood that all of our actions must be pleasing to the Lord, but my thoughts? I knew from the Bible (Philippians 4:8), that I should focus on good things, but all my thoughts? Even though I know God knows everything I think, those are still my thoughts! Everything else in life I have learned to love sharing and giving away to others - my time, my resources, my love, my companionship, my prayers, etc. But my thoughts are the one thing I have for myself! It dawned on my while reading this passage that to truly be changed and transformed by the Lord, I must give Him absolutely everything - including my thoughts. By surrendering all my thoughts to Him, He can truly begin to change me where all actions start - with our thoughts!