Powered by 4 - November 7, 2016

Mind Frame

 
Acts 27 provides us with quite a detailed narrative of Paul's travel to Rome--traveling by boat, the people he was traveling with, the numerous ports they visited, the weather conditions they encountered. I enjoyed all the details because they helped me visualize and get a better sense of what Paul was experiencing. But because this chapter felt more like I was reading a story, I needed to go back and read it again to hone in on how I could learn and grow in my walk with the Lord through this account.
 
On my second and then third read through Acts 27, Paul's mindset (attitude, approach, outlook) stood out to me. I was struck by how Paul was diligent and intentional about living by a positive, and what I'd describe as pleasant, mindset regardless of what he encountered as he continued down the difficult path God had put before him.
 
Whether we're tuned in to it or not (and I believe we're not tuned in enough of the time), at every moment our mindsets are directing our thoughts, actions and words. That being the case, it's vital that we take every thought captive for God (see 2 Corinthians 10:3-6) and that we're intentional to fill our minds with right and positive things.
 
"Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things" (Philippians 4:8).
 
What attitude or state of mind are you choosing to operate under right now? Think back over the past few days. How has your mindset influenced your behavior at home, at work, at school, as you're out and about with people you don't know? What actions are you taking to help maintain a godly mindset? Tami

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