Guys, my pastor said a simple line at church today that stuck with me.
He said, “The soul is dyed the color of our thoughts.” It is from a quote by Marcus Aurelius, the Emperor of Rome from 161-180 AD.
I kept thinking about that quote and visualizing it in my mind. What does my soul look like?
I’ll be honest, this past week my mind was filled with negativity. I was feeling overwhelmed with all that I needed to get done, and I also had very little patience with my kiddos. I let my negative thoughts get the best of me, and I started seeing them manifest themselves in my behavior.
The color of my thoughts were dark.
When my heart feels dark, I know that I need God’s light to help me.
Create in me a new, clean heart, O God, filled with clean thoughts and right desires.
In God, there is no darkness at all.
This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
1 John 1:5
That is why it is so important to spend time in God’s word and have it fill our thoughts. I want my heart to be filled with His beauty.
It’s not easy taking captive of our thoughts, but it is so important to be careful of what we are putting in our minds. There is so much negativity in our world that it can become overwhelming. When that negativity fills our thoughts, it begins to affect our hearts.
This week, I am going to be more intentional about protecting my thoughts and filling my thoughts with those things that are pleasing to Him. Starting my day in prayer and bible study is going to be a priority for me this week.
When our hearts are filled with the beautiful colors of God’s love, not only will we be filled with joy, but we will be able to share that joy with others.
Pray for me, and I will pray for you. :)