Do you ever feel like someone has hacked into your brain and is stealing information? Names of people you really do know cannot be recalled. Yesterday I couldn’t remember my social security number. I had to look it up. Someone asked me for my telephone number and I inadvertently gave them one I had in California over twenty years ago. Then there is the opposite issue. Someone puts thoughts into my brain that I really don’t want to be there.
Paul said in Philippians, “Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.” So I try. However, I can be driving down the road and suddenly realize what I am thinking doesn’t even come close to that noble standard.
It’s like someone stole the password to my thoughts and took over. Have you ever had your computer need to be repaired and so you connected to a repair person who literally took over your computer? You sit back and watch your mouse arrow move about your screen clicking here and clicking there and you aren’t touching your keyboard or mouse. It’s a bit scary.
The Living Translation renders I Peter 1:13 like this. “So think clearly and exercise self-control.” And Psalm 19:14 says, “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.” I have come to think of I Corinthians 15 where Paul speaks of this corruption putting on incorruption as a hard drive reformat. The bad stuff is removed and the good stuff retained. In the meantime grace is so important.
Written by Roger Bothwell on April 28, 2015
Spring of Life, PO Box 124, St. Helena, CA 94574