Earlier today, I was taking time to clean up and during it, had time to mentally be untasked. We all have times like this...when eating, when shaving, when showering, when performing tasks that do not demand much mental focus. In those times it is interesting to tune in to what is happening.
My mind went to a pastor-friend in a nearby city...and as soon as it did, I found myself with a few simple options:
1. To wonder how he is doing and review some of our past interacts and present responsibilities.
2. To weigh in on his great strengths and self-assess, developing some negative personal thoughts and attitude.
3. To wonder if this was a prompt from the Lord, and assume that I should either contact him, or at very least pray for him and bless him.
Our minds are really complex. Our options are always bubbling. And what we do with the options that come to mind is a great key to victorious christian living.
I have found that sometimes, "the most trivial thoughts" lead to a clear assignment in the Spirit and an ushering forth of the Presence of God into my life and that of others.
"Those who trust God's action in them find that God's Spirit is in them - living and breathing God! Obsession with self in these matters is a dead end; attention to God leads us out into the open, into a spacious, free life. Focusing on the self is the opposite of focusing on God...ignores God...thinking more about self than God."
- from The Message - Romans, Chapter 8.
May our "minding" lead us to joy and meaning on this journey called life.