It’s the end of November as I write this and normally the mountains of southwest Virginia are getting their frost on for most of the day. Even so, this day is an absolute gift. The sky is clear, the winds calm, and the sun is doing its thing in warning the air and all that it touches. After studying all morning I couldn’t stand it any longer…I had to take a little walk down by the river.
The walkway at Green Hill Park is beautiful. It runs along the river, in and out of the woods, and most importantly, IT’s FLAT. No inclines or hills to climb, just flat as a proverbial pancake. Its perfect for aging knees and for those who are a tad bit out of shape. When I walk there I can enjoy being outside and exercising all at the same time.
I can also think.
It’s interesting to hear what other people are thinking and talking about with one another as they walk together. Not that I would intentionally eavesdrop on anyone’s conversation, but when you walk behind folks or pass them going the other way, you get to hear a portion of what they are talking about. Everyone I passed today was talking about their problems. One couple was talking about a loved one’s deteriorating health. A couple of men were talking about how bad thing were at work. I caught myself complaining to a young man jogging how he better enjoy young knees as long as he could, because things tend to wear out as you grow older!
It was then the scripture came to mind, “as a man thinks, so is he”. Is your thinking filled with only problems? If it is, then chances are you are also becoming just one big walking problem. Instead of having “answers” and bringing “peace” into situations you only bring more trouble. A troubled mind rarely brings solutions to problems, it only compounds them.
Paul said this…
Philippians 4:8 (AMP)
8 For the rest, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things [fix your minds on them].
The more we think on the things of the Lord, the more peaceful we become, the more confident we are in God’s goodness, and the more likely we will find solutions to problems…because we are thinking about The One who has the solutions.
…What do you think about?