It is estimated that as humans we have between 60,000 and 70,000 thoughts per day! That number is so massive to me and it makes me wonder how much energy I waste on things that really don’t matter and are taking away from the vast amount of space God has granted for me to be creative and content simultaneously. I spend time processing the day that has not been extended to me. Often on Sunday nights, I go even farther than Monday, and add stress to my current situation by thinking about a meeting that is scheduled for Thursday. Sometimes I get tired just considering how much driving I must do and the tight timeframe in order to meet each of my obligations. Before mercy and grace have kissed each of my cheeks with a new day, I’ve spent time utilizing the thoughts afforded to me the day before on the day ahead. Such practice is contrary to what is instructed in Matthew 6:34, which reads, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” In a contemporary context, we have opportunity to both cast our cares on God, because He cares (1 Peter 5:7), but also because in essence, “He’s got this!”
If I can trust a person close to me with something as simple as expecting a return call to me after leaving a message, certainly I can trust a God who sent his son to die on my behalf. The messages are clear from Him, “Trust the Lord with all your heart, and lean not to your own understanding,” (Psalm 3:5). Do we realize that our own understanding is formed through our thoughts?! Isaiah 26:3 suggests that “Thou will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” When we have laser focus on things without the realization that we have accessible peace to connect it to, we are overwhelming ourselves unnecessarily. God is a Creator, and created us to be creators as well. What percentage of the 60,000 to 70,000 thoughts are we wasting on whether or not someone likes us, or constructing our words just right to someone despite the fact that they have already used up a portion of their thousands of thoughts thinking not so nice thoughts about you? How much of our minds are consumed when wondering when God will deliver us from something or someone as opposed to thinking on the fact that He came so that we would have life, and that more abundantly (John 10:10)? Consider the first portion of that verse, whereby we are told that the “thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy.” Is it possible that we allow the enemy to take up residence in our thoughts as the thief; stealing our sanity, killing our creative nature and destroying our peace and confidence in God? Romans 12:2 affirms that we be transformed by renewing of our mind! We have opportunity to renew daily, but we don’t have to wait for a new day to do so. God has given us between 60,000 and 70,000 thoughts per day; we have the power to stop our destruction!
How might we stop it? Well, first we have to desire for it to stop. Like anything else, we cannot want it less for ourselves than others desire it for us. When we authentically desire for our lives (and subsequently our thoughts) to be different, we have the ability to seek God for the change. We are more than conquerors, which means we are more than our thoughts. This is affirmed in Jeremiah 29:11, where we are told, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” We must place ourselves (and our thoughts) in environments that are conducive for our success. That is not just limited to removal from people who are not healthy incubators. When we are disturbed, we may not be in the best position to incubate ourselves properly. We may seek God and ask the Holy Spirit to lead us into all truth. Ask God to send forth wise counsel, and not just for cosmetic purposes, but for a transformational makeover. We can fill up our mind with the thoughts that God has toward us, through the Word, through praise and worship, through enjoying the beauty that God has placed at our disposal by something as simple as a walk. Through prayer, seek God for purpose and opportunity to utilize the creativity He has placed inside of you; creativity to assume your place in the universe to positively impact humanity and give what you were placed on this earth to do.
Its sobering to consider the capacity of thoughts yielded for nothingness. Yet as I write this, and you read this, we may acknowledge that we are here for a purpose and we can channel our thoughts instantaneously in a manner that is not only good for humanity, but good for ourselves as well. Thinking about good and sending positive thoughts of light, love and liberty toward people and situations is a good use of our time, energy and resources; and we can only do that when we grant ourselves permission to have a portion of those thoughts toward ourselves through the help of God. There are 31 days in December. At minimum, we have 1,860,000 thoughts left and available at our disposal before 2014 ends. The question is simple, “How you will use them?”