How is your thought life? Have you ever paid attention to what you are thinking from minute to minute? For a long time I did not pay attention to my thoughts. I mean, I didn't even know it was something I could or should do.
But let me tell you from experience that this is the most important thing you could ever do for yourself. AND I MEAN THE MOST IMPORTANT.
Let me explain.
About seven years ago I got laid off from a job. I was laid off because I had just developed this excruciating back pain and was unable to work. Overnight my life changed and there I was, unemployed, hardly any money in the bank, all alone in my studio, laid up in bed in paid and with a whole lot of time on my hands.
Looking back I am so grateful that, by this point I was learning how to be grateful and trust God in all things so instead of freaking out (which I did a little of) I chose to look at this situation as though it was very good. Well I was right because it was. Really good.
Quickly, I realized I had a new job and my new job was to pay attention to what I was thinking about ALL DAY. And boy oh boy let me tell you that this was the best thing that I could have ever done because this is where my life really started to change.
Now when you have nothing and I mean NOTHING else to do ALL day but to just pay attention to your thoughts the day can feel like it is 56 hours long. But I did not have anything else to do plus I could not move from the pain so I just settled into what was and just started paying close attention to all the thoughts that came to my mind asking God to help me with them.
Most of my thoughts were pretty darn negative. Yuck! I noticed that I did not expect the best. I thought God was always disappointed in me and thought everyone around me did not like me.
Basically, I quickly realized how much I needed to change my thinking.
I put post it notes all around the house to remind me to think differently. Thankfully I knew I needed to replace my thoughts with Godly thoughts so I also began listening to sermon after sermon and read book after book all about Jesus.
Now fast forwad to four years ago...
I was at a church service in Folsom, CA where I used to live and the Pastor was preaching a sermon about the scripture verse Philippians 4:8. If you are not familiar with this verse here it is:
"Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things."
At the beginning of the pastor's sermon he gave us all an acronym that he said he had made up for the verse so he could remember it.
The acronym is THRPLGR (pronounced Thur-pull-gher). Each letter stood for one of the things we are told in this scripture verse to think on. The T is for truth, the H is for honorable, the R is for right...and so on and so forth.
It was a great church service and I was so moved by his sermon that I ran straight home afterward and wrote a poem. Well, its now been four years since then and I have been renewing my mind with the word of God ever since. And how is it going for me? Beyond what I can express but there are still days that my thinking is poopy. Today happened to be one of them.
And do you want to know the cool thing? Just when my thoughts were kind of wordly and anxious, I ran across this poem TODAY as I was moving all my files into my newly installed google drive. I had totally forgotten that I had written it. So because it blessed me I thought I would share it with you. I hope it encourages you and I pray you begin or continue on with the process of renewing your mind so you too can live the most amazing life here on earth you possibly can.
by Mandy Rita Tardif
I have something neat to tell you
Listen close and pay attention.
It’s about the fantastic THRPLGR,
And it’s magical protection.
The THRPLGR came to this earth
On the eighteenth of July.
Actually that’s not really true,
But it is also not a lie.
The THRPLGR is always happy
It thinks good things and sings a lot.
It helps us when those critters called,
The should ofs start to start.
What are the should ofs did you ask?
Well, I’ll tell you if I must.
The should ofs are those nasty
thoughts you really cannot trust.
They whisper things in your ear like
You should do this or that.
Even if the best thing for you is,
to lie down and take a nap.
They tell you that you should
be as pretty as a your friend Kate.
After which they whisper in your ear,
You really should lose some weight.
A should of thought can sound
Like the truth at times, it’s tricky.
So, it’s best to consult the word of God
if your thoughts are a little sticky.
Each letter in its crazy name
Represents a word that we can replace
The yucky thoughts that come to us
And make our poor minds race.
The T stands for the truth
Because it’s important that we see.
The truth in who we really are
A child of God, loved and free.
The H is for a big ole word
A word as honest as its name.
The H word is honorable
Think on things that mean the same.
The R is for the word right which means
what is proper, just, and true.
The letter P is for the word pure
Try to live out this word in all you do.
The letter L is for lovely
A word as gorgeous as its name
Think lovely thoughts like rainbows,
Kittens and flowers in spring rain.
The last two letters go together
They are the G and the R.
They stand for Good Reputation
In life, these words will take you far.
Now its time to sum it all up
in a couple words or less
We have learned the importance of
thinking on things that are the best.
So, if you should find your mind
Is in a bit of a nasty pickle.
Remember the anacronym THRPLGR
Surely your mind will start to tickle.
Joy will soon flow into your heart
With roaring laughter and with love.
And do not listen to those should ofs anymore.
Think on lovely things from God above.
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