We are to be purposeful about our thoughts, meditating on God's word, not our worldly worries.
What we think about matters. We are called not to simply let our minds wander, but to purposefully set our minds on things above. The promised result of this dedicated meditation is peace through any circumstance of life, and God’s blessing.
However, given that we spend so much time and energy on our vocation, it is natural for the worries of work to dominate our thoughts. Unfortunately, the times that we most need the peace of God that comes from this meditation is during stressful or busy seasons when our minds are elsewhere.
I personally experienced this over the past week. Due to some big projects, I worked more than usual, pretty much every evening actually. This led to constantly thinking about work, significantly affecting my ability to disconnect and even to sleep.
As I took some time to look back I realized that my thoughts and meditations were a good indication of how I was doing. In this case, I was not taking my thoughts of work captive but letting them dominate.
Entering the weekend I purposefully reclaimed my thoughts and meditations, and the change was palpable.
My encouragement to you is to examine what you meditate on and to set your thoughts on God’s word rather than the ongoing challenges and worries that your work will bring.
You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.
Isaiah 26:3 ESV
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
Joshua 1:8 ESV
My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food, and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips, when I remember you upon my bed, and meditate on you in the watches of the night.
Psalm 63:5-6 ESV
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