Here We Go Again
Make Your Life Mirror
The caller ID on my voicemail read “Unknown” and I almost didn’t listen to it. Thank God I did.
“Hi. I’m calling for Angela. This is Brandon from the Late Show with David Letterman”…
30 years. That’s how long I’ve ended my days with David Letterman. I would say that makes me a super fan. On a whim, I entered an online lottery hoping to get a ticket to one of his last shows. Miracle upon miracle, I was selected, only to have to call the Audience Coordinator and answer a random trivia question.
“Oh my goodness. I’ve watched Dave since 1985 and watch me miss this question,” I anxiously thought to myself.
“What does Dave throw every week on the show?” the Coordinator quizzed.
“His card. He throws his card!” YESSSSSSS……Score 2 tickets to the “Late Show with David Letterman”, Tuesday May 5. Here we go again.
I was in “The City that Never Sleeps” in August of 2014 and it resulted in a blog series entitled, “Catch That Train Before You Lose Your Mind.” New York City can make you crazy. However, sometimes, we get another go around in life and we don’t have to repeat the same mistakes. I’m sure I’ll have some new stories to share with you next week, and I’m believing it won’t be a mirror image of last year’s challenges. Here’s a Repost from last year’s visit to the Big Apple encouraging you to “Make Your Life Mirror” God’s Word by keeping your thoughts on the right track.
I have reached a conclusion after recently visiting New York City with my daughter and some friends: there is no easy way to get around this monstrosity of a city.
You can walk, which we did, for miles. My feet still have the blisters to prove it. You can take a taxi, which we did once, prompted by said blisters. You can drive, which we did, including stopping at a myriad of tolls, mistakenly driving through the E-Z Pass Lane and nabbing a hefty parking ticket on the last day for misreading a sign. Yeah, ouch.
Or, you can take the train. The dreaded Subway train. This became our primary mode of transportation, prompting such conversation as:
“What train are we supposed to be on? L? E? Q, R, S, T, U, V…???”
“Are we headed Uptown or Downtown?”
“Could it be any hotter underground?”
And most importantly: “Hurry up and get in before the train shuts its doors!”
I was terrified that someone would get left behind on that subway platform with no hope of catching the train. And that got me thinking. Far too often, I allow my “train of thought” to leave me stranded on the platform while it heads off to places like “Fear”, “Worry”, “What if?” and “Not Good Enough.” My mind races and my thoughts wreak havoc on my faith. Maybe this has never happened to you. But, maybe, like me, you could use some encouragement to “Catch that Train before You Lose Your Mind.” Well, the great news is that the Bible has a lot to say about how we spend the currency of our minds.
This week, I want us to think about what we think about. You may have walked through life believing you have no control over your thought life. That simply is not true. The Holy Spirit can sanctify (set apart) our thought life and make it holy and pleasing to the Lord. We aren’t merely victims of an unmanageable thought life; we have choices about what occupies our minds. We can’t control when a thought knocks on the door of our mind, but we don’t have to give it a home.
Paul understood the influence our thoughts have on our lives and wrote about it in 2 Corinthians 10:5:“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God and we take captive every thought and make it obedient to Christ.”
What are we supposed to take captive? Our thoughts.
What are we supposed to do with them? Make them obedient to Christ.
Doubt knocks. Don’t give it a home.
Insecurity knocks. Don’t give it a home.
Temptation knocks. Don’t give it a home.
The thoughts we allow to take up residence in our mind will determine our beliefs, actions and our destinies. This week, don’t let your train of thought run away from you and leave you stranded on the subway station platform. Instead, “Make Your Life Mirror” by making every thought obedient to Christ. Over the past year, God has given me powerful reminders that He can turn ordinary moments into extraordinary encounters. Sinking decks, fried phone chargers, and even Subway trains, have served as my teachers, weaving their lessons into my blogs and my life. No matter where this week takes you, by taxi, car or train, remember that God is with you – and for you – in your everyday struggles.
Leave me a comment! What phone call would you love to receive this week? I’ll be picking a winner and sending a souvenir from my trip!
Make Your Life Matter No Matter What,