*renew: restore, to make new spiritually
*restore: to renew, rebuild, put back into existence or use
*mind: human faculty of reflective thinking (sometimes
dealing with emotions)
Do you remember one of the early video games called Pong? About a year ago, I bought Carl what was described as a vintage video game arcade. We both really liked the game Centipede and it brought back some fun memories from our early dating days. We both cringed that one of the objects of our youth was now described as vintage and classic!
When we first played the game Pong, my girls laughed at the graphics or the lack thereof for Pong. The black screen was divided by a line to make up the tennis court. On each side was a long bold white line for each player. Each person would use their joystick to hit the “ball” which was actually a small white square. Depending on the speed that you moved your player you could hit the ball fast or slowly and even create some top spin. However,if each player positioned their racquet just right the ball would travel back and forth between the two players indefinitely…at such a fast rate that all that was seen was a blur of white and the highly recognizeable sound of “pinging”.
My mind has been a bit like a pong game on overdrive lately. It is as if the front portion of my brain continues to idle on the same thoughts. The thoughts could be replaying difficult conversations…words spoken that have wounded me…worries…decisions that need to be made but lacking clarity…disappointments…”what if’s”…the list goes on and on and so does my mind….ping ping…ping ping…ping ping ping ping ping…
So this afternoon, I spent some time with the Lord and I one by one placed each of these ping ponging thoughts before the Lord…I gave them to Him. The time was lovely and I came away full of peace and comfort and I felt loved.
A half an hour later ( I confess it could have been less but let’s just say it was 30 minutes), I was doing a chore and one of those pesky thoughts came charging through my mind and I once again started entertaining that thought…the racquets had assumed their immoveable position and the thoughts were being batted back and forth…what a major racket!
This business of renewing my mind isn’t easy, because I have developed a habit of thinking…I see now that it is going to take a bit of work…really a lot of running to the Father for help! As I have searched the Word, I see that when my mind is bogged down by earthly concerns, it is definitely not focused on the Lord, His work, His call on my life or living well with others. How can I hear His voice through all the competing thoughts? How can I even know that it is His voice at all? How easy to respond inappropriately to someone due to a hurt that I haven’t allowed the Healer to soothe and remove? I need the Lord to bring my mind back to be of use to Him and others…I need the Lord to make my mind new…not repeating old news…old wounds…
Today I am going to leave you with a lot of scriptures that speak to this business…they certainly speak to me…I hope they do the same for you!
“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”
“You were wearied by all your ways, but you would not say, ‘It is hopeless.’
You found renewal of your strength, and so you did not faint.”
“Do not be conformed any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.”
II Corinthians 4:16
“…he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.”
“Restore us to yourself, O LORD, that we may return;
renew our days as of old.”
“Test me, O LORD, and try me, examine my heart and my mind.”
“You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.”
“Jesus replied, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”
“Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures.”
“I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought.”
I Corinthians 1:10
“You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.”
“Set your mind on things above, not on earthly things.”
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD”
***By now, you know my love of words and their meanings. Just for fun I thought I would look up the word “ping”…I would say that our mind is correctly called a battlefield and I pray that we can all be careful with our thoughts…they can be dangerous!
**ping: a sharp sound like that of a striking bullet!