from krystal curle, leadership school student
There are so many things in life that demand our attention every day. They can range from family, to relationships, to circumstances, to work, and so much more. Frequently, they try to demand more than our attention. They strive to commandeer our mind and thoughts. When they succeed we tend to find ourselves stressed, overwhelmed, anxious and/or tired from the thoughts and worries running rampant through our minds.
One of my favorite verses is Isaiah 26:3 (NLT) which says, “You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you.” When I begin to feel stressed, anxious or overwhelmed, it is usually because my thoughts are not fixed on the Lord. They are fixed on the problems or issues that I am facing. My mind has become filled with others things and those are what I am focusing or fixating on. To be fixed means to be immovable, secure, stable, set.
God’s word is truth. If I begin to fix (secure or set) my thoughts on him and trust him, I experience his promise of peace in my mind, my heart and my spirit. This requires a conscious choice to focus or concentrate on the Lord Jesus Christ. Different people focus on the Lord in different ways. I also focus my thoughts on him in various ways. Sometimes I’ll just begin to thank the Lord for who he is, what he has done, and his blessings. Other times, I might begin to worship the Lord, or put on praise and worship to fill the atmosphere around me. Then there are times where I may choose to mediate on and read God’s word and promises to pray. This conscious decision not to allow my thoughts to center on the issues and problems, instead to work at keeping my thoughts focused and fixed on Jesus is essential to finding peace.
During times where peace appears to be elusive and turmoil seems to be reigning, it is usually because our thoughts are fixated on something other than the Lord. They have taken a higher priority in your heart and mind. The answer is simple. Note it is simple, not easy. Choose to focus, fixate and trust him. The reward is His perfect peace in your heart and mind.