Today I had to run an errand. We live 4 houses up from a lake that has a sidewalk all the way around. Hundreds of people walk or run it every week, most of them daily. It’s about 3.5 miles around and is a more than pleasant environment. There are places to sit, a water fountain, a boardwalk and right now a huge hole where once stood one of our local Country Clubs, which has been torn down to be rebuilt. It was old, but beautiful. Driving down the street that heads into what used to be there, looks as though you are driving right into the lake, except for the fenced barricade and a pile of dirt. That’s all that is between the stop light and the water. I digress.
Our imagination is strong…most of us have a ‘bent’ in our thought life because of what we feed our mind. As I turned left to head around the lake to home, I saw many people walking (it was already close to 90 degrees), and a couple running. I said to myself as one person walked past. “Boy, to have half of that ‘gene pool’!” I fancied it a bit and saw a few more people. As I pondered the thought, laughing at ‘me’, it occurred to me that all I could see was the physical attributes of size, shape, color, long hair, short hair, well-built, skinny legs and a lot of sweat and ‘little’ clothing. (I did say it was hot!) I was letting my imagination reign, I reigned it in quickly. We do not see ‘with our eyes’ the ‘person’. What we see is superficial. Maybe we can tell they are disciplined. They are walking or running a few miles for the benefit of their bodies health, but then again they may be doing it only because they are accompanying a friend or trying to make friends. See how quickly the imagination runs ahead. We begin to make judgments and become tangled in a web of our own deceit. We need to take the wandering thoughts of our minds, bind them up carefully so we don’t make a disaster of our lives, homes, family and relationships by living in an unreal imaginary state where we will easily be deceived.
2 Corinthians 10:3 For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. 5 We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ
Romans 12:2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect
Matthew 12:29 Or how can someone enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man?
Don’t let the strength of a wandering mind bind your heart and spirit man to things that are not worthy.