Everything starts somewhere. What’s the old saying, a journey of a thousand miles starts with one step. That is true for good things. Life changes. New routines. New events in your life. Sometimes the hardest part of change, good change is making that initial decision to start that new thing.
Likewise, things that are destructive start small as well. And little things lead to big things. Listen to what Paul tells us today in Ephesians 4: 17-20:
17 Now this I affirm and insist on in the Lord: you must no longer live as the Gentiles live, in the futility of their minds. 18 They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of their ignorance and hardness of heart. 19 They have lost all sensitivity and have abandoned themselves to licentiousness, greedy to practice every kind of impurity. 20 That is not the way you learned Christ!
Paul is talking about the sinful mistakes that the Gentiles make. But look where he said the problem starts. Not with their actions. But with their minds. With their hearts. As their minds and their hearts go, so go their actions.
These big things (actions) start with small things (heart and mind). We can see actions. We can see these outward things. They are often not easy to miss.
But thoughts can be. Intent of the heart can be. But that is where the rock starts rolling downhill. It starts with the heart and mind. And it shows itself in our actions.
Today, may we have sensitive hearts. May we have minds that are focused on the stuff of heaven, not the stuff of earth. As we focus all that we are, both in mind and heart, on the goodness and grace of Jesus Christ, I know this. Our actions will change.
So, let’s think good thoughts. Let’s be positive. Let’s be an optimist. Why? Is that naive and foolish? Perhaps. But it could also be believing that God is bigger than all of this and is still at work, no matter what. Let us submit our thoughts and mentality to God. Let us trust Him with our minds.
Let us pray for the Holy Spirit to soften our heart. To prick our conscious. To give us tenderness of heart for others and for God.
I truly believe that as God is Lord of our minds and Lord of our hearts, He will be Lord of all oru lives. Today, may we turn all that we are towards Him.