Throughout the day is your mind running through to-do lists, thinking of song lyrics, reminiscing bad memories, or maybe thinking of regretful times, people you cant stand, or how to cover up that lie…etc etc.
Often for myself it’s rethinking through all the days conversations, as if I could change them, or even planning the next days conversations…mental I know. Or at times its me just focusing on all the bad stuff in life, whats wrong with this and that, whats wrong with me, whats wrong with them and on and on…
It’s hard at times to try to not think about such things, the pointless, depressing, or even sinful things. I think that’s often cause we are trying to focus off of something, rather than on something else. Thats one of the greatest lies when it comes to meditation. Some people teach that its focusing on the nothing, and clearing/ emptying your mind. When in reality meditation is all about filling your mind, being focused, and really grasping what it is your focused on. In the Psalms David is constantly talking about meditating on the Law or Scripture¹, filling his mind, not emptying it.
The key to taking our mind off the trash that fills it; bitterness, lust, hate, pointless activity etc, is not that of thinking about nothingness, but rather focusing on what is greater. Sin is all about alluring us. I like that word, cause it helps is to visualize the idea of it pulling us in, or being attractive to the eye. The amazing thing is, we just have to be more attracted by, allured by the Scripture and the things of God.
The apostle Paul says this
“… brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.²”
The more we think about these things, the less attracted our minds will be to think about stuff that does us no good thinking about. My struggle is how to think about these things? David gave us an example to follow…”his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.” If we want to fix our mind on the things above, we need to be meditating, and filling our minds with the Scripture.
Easier said than done. But better done with difficulty then just allowing our minds to be full of things that do us no good.