Every thought

Since I can’t seem to find the words to get this post started, let’s start with scripture:

…and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Corinthians 2:5

For some reason God brought that to my mind today.  Well actually I do know the reason.

I was doing the laundry while the kids were at school. While doing the laundry I saw all of Angel’s pajama tops. Which reminded me of the fact that I was not a very popular mom earlier when I suggested that Angel wear a regular shirt with her pajama bottoms to pajama day at school. Oh the horror. I was #numberonelosermomwhoisbehindonlaundry, that’s for sure!

So anyway as I was remembering this I thought to myself that I should post it on Facebook. It was pretty funny after all.

And then the Lord brought that scripture to mind.

Hhmmm. What’s He trying to tell me?

I can tell you what He’s trying to tell me.

YOU DON’T HAVE TO FACEBOOK AND BLOG AND TWEET EVERY SINGLE THOUGHT AND EVERY SINGLE THING THAT HAPPENS DURING A DAY.

Well ok, I don’t think He yelled it at me. But He might of. Because I don’t always learn very quickly.

Now let me just say that this is in no way an anti-Facebook, anti-blog or anti-Twitter post. But in this culture of share anything and everything, let me also say that if this post makes you cringe just a little, well I’m pretty sure that it’s not me, but God who is trying to tell you something.

The funny thing is that since Mom and Dad died, I haven’t posted or shared nearly as much as I did before they died. The Lord used the loss of them in so many ways. One way was to remind me, well actually slap me in the face, and tell me that life is short. All the time I spend blogging or status updating or tweeting, well guess what? I could actually be doing something a lot more valuable and lasting with my time. (Not that every post or status update or tweet is not valuable or lasting. Not saying that.)

I know that there is a much more deeper and theological meaning to this scripture. But today the Lord has used it to remind me to be purposeful in my thoughts and also in sharing my thoughts.  Some things are better left unsaid. Some things are better left said to only your spouse or parent, or only to God.

Every thought.

Grab it. Take it captive. Make it obedient to Christ.

And then let’s add a little bit: is it something that I should share?

Will it bring encouragement and hope to someone? Will it make someone laugh? Will it help direct someone to God? Will it embarrass or shame someone? Will whoever reads my words see Jesus through them?  Maybe not today, but even ten or twenty years from now. When my kiddos are old enough to be on FB (please Jesus come back before then!), what will they think or feel when they read my words?

I don’t want to get all legalistic and don’t get me wrong, there will probably still be times when I will share too much or share inappropriately.  The post is more of a pep talk for me then for anyone reading it.  But still I want to be an encouragement and share the important stuff…what God has said.

…and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Corinthians 2:5

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  1. jerri mckinley says:

    Thank you for sharing Missy. I always am encouraged and inspired by your words. Praying for the Lord’s return, too.

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