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Mental Spam?

This morning I cleaned up my computer, checking all the emails caught in my “spam” filter. So much junk slows down normal operations. As I trashed hundreds of uninvited emails , it struck me that my thoughts and mind would do well to have an automatic spam filter as well.


This morning I cleaned up my computer, checking all the emails caught in my “spam” filter. So much junk slows down normal operations. As I trashed hundreds of uninvited emails , it struck me that my thoughts and mind would do well to have an automatic spam filter as well.

How many times each day am I distracted and drawn away into useless thoughts that in no way contribute to healthy living, slowing down normal operations? With the proliferation of technology tempting distractions bombard my mind moment by moment and seemingly demand my attention. Things over which I have no control steal my peace and disturb my heart; what if Congress doesn’t legislate a new debt ceiling, what if the economy craters further, what if the culture continues to decline.

Contrast that daily experience with God’s call in Phillipians 4:8: Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of respect, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if something is excellent or praiseworthy, think about these things. That’s a pretty good job description for a needed biblical “spam” filter.

Just today, join me to ask the Holy Spirit to alert us to the unneeded and destructive information drawing our hearts away from such a focus. Let’s remember Jesus own warning that there is enough evil in every day, to worry about tomorrow depletes our energy for today. (Matthew 6:34)

Can you identify the kind of spam that clogs your world today slowing down normal operation? Let’s trash it and enter the freedom and joy Jesus promises to those whose mind keeps Him in first place. (Isaiah 26:3)

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Gwynne Johnson

Gwynne Johnson currently serves on the Board of Entrust, Inc., an international education and training mission where she authored the Entrust curriculum, Developing a Discerning Heart. She recently served as Co-Chair of the training project, Christian Women in Partnership, Russia and as Senior Director of Women's Ministry at Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco, Texas. Gwynne has a M.A. in Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary. She currently lives in Huntsville, Texas with her husband of 58 years, Don. She works part-time in her daughter and granddaughter's bakery "The Best Box Ever," where she gets paid in cookies.

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    SonShine

    mental spam
    This was a timely blog! All this week as we prepare to make the move once again…arrrgghhh my mind is racing ahead to tomorrow’s “to do list”. This was a timely reminder to just focus on today and let tomorrow be tomorrow.
    Thanks Gwynne

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      Gwynne Johnson

      Praying for you…
      I have to remind myself that prayer is a great “eraser” of spam…why worry when I can pray:):)