Have you ever contemplated how much time we waste on meandering thoughts? During any busy day, our minds become crowded with To-Do lists, Have-Done lists, and things you cannot even label because they speed by on the highway of your mind, forgotten as quickly as you thought of them. Have you ever driven yourself to the store and wondered how you got there because your mind was not on the road, but you cannot really explain what distracted your mind for so long? I have to admit that I have done this on several occasions. In meditating on the thought life, I am starting to understand that this is a part of who we are. Our thought lives reflect our self-discipline, or lack thereof. Our brains become little more than pinball machines with thoughts darting back and forth with no real goal or focus. This becomes a habit that we fall into.
Having an untrained mind is like a person that is trying to organize the closet. They start well with the right intentions. They arrange the shoes by type and color. They pull out the old boxes to go through and put in their proper place. But then something distracts them. They see the closet floor needs to be vacuumed. Then they see they might as well vacuum the entire bedroom, then the whole house. As they are vacuuming, they see toys lying around that must be put up, and so goes the day. At dusk they realize that the boxes are still lying in the bedroom floor, none of the clothes have been boxed up for the season and the only thing they accomplished was sorting the shoes.
However the first thing we must do to break a bad habit is to recognize it for what it is. Is an uncontrolled mind such a bad thing? I am coming to think that it is. It shows disorder, lack of discipline, and it affects other areas of the life. The example of the closet shows a person that cannot focus his or her mind on the task at hand. The time has been wasted and cannot be gained back. We see that having an undisciplined mind is a problem and we admit our failures. But where are we to go from here? Is there any help for those of us who have difficulty maintaining a constant stream of thought? I Corinthians 10:5 states, “…bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;” Our thoughts are to be brought under Christ’s control. Does having a well-organized mind glorify God? I say yes. I am still meditating on this verse as I learn to control my thought life. I know it will help organize my day, free myself from stress and most of all, glorify the One who gave me the mind to think. Not to mention, I can drive to the store and not wonder why I am in the Laundromat parking lot instead. Any comments or suggestions on this would be most helpful.