"Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God's will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect." ... Romans 12:2
They cancelled Longmire. That was a show both Tom and I enjoyed watching together here at Hobbit Cottage, though why I liked it, I'm not even sure. And the final season felt dark. But still.
Of course, we could go all negative about the cancellation. All:
They always cancel the shows we love!
Once again Hollywood has ripped out our hearts!
No Longmire = nothing good on anymore. Grrr!
But, no. That's the easy thing to do. The lazy thing, actually, because most (average) minds naturally flow downstream. It's like a default mechanism: Don't get your way? Suffer a disappointment? Uh-oh! Go down, down, down.
And a lazy head is a miserable head. That's what I always say.
For the past 20 years, God's been teaching me how to retrain my brain. He's showing me how to reprogram that Go Down default switch to Go Up, instead:
A favorite show gets cancelled? Be thankful you watched it at all, I tell myself. Hope that a different network picks it up (help fans campaign, even, if you're so led). Believe you'll soon discover a show you love even more.
A friend walks away? Remember the good times you shared. Be grateful God gave you that season of friendship and recall that He made seasons, temporary. In sincerity, wish your friend well. Believe a new friend is awaiting your smile, your kind words of welcome.
A household appliance breaks? Thank God for the money to repair it(even if you're not sure the money's available yet). The appliance is hopelessly broken? Believe that you'll find one at a terrific price and that God will provide all money(and means of delivery, etc.) required.
You get it, right? The examples could fill a blog for years.
I'm on a mission to refuse to let my mind go (and stay) down:
"Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.]" ...John 14:27
See, I believe it is a choice.
And if I must heft up my mind 1,000 times, over and over, well, I heft it up 1,000 times. Even when it seems like smoke is coming out of my ears from exertion, I choose good thoughts rather than bad. :)
And then? One day, one year, surprise! It eventually comes to me that my Go Down default mechanism, in a new area, got switched to Go Up. It's nearly automatic now. Living inside my head feels way more pleasant than it used to.
And Life has changed its appearance from dark to light. Again. On a deeper level.
"We refute arguments theories reasonings and every proud lofty thing that sets itself up against the [true] knowledge of God; and we lead every thought purpose away captive into the obedience of Christ." ... 2 Corinthians 10:5
"So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day." ... 2 Corinthians 4:16
“Behold, I make all things new.” ... Revelation 21:5
I've been playing around with my kitchen counters again and hooray! I finally found a perfect spot for my much-loved photo of Eunice, Esther and Alice, three sisters who I told you about here.
How blessed I feel to own this long ago photo from their fun day together. Always, I smile at them smiling at me.
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