For years I've heard the buzz in Christian circles every January of THE WORD. Pick a word, a verse, a phrase and focus on it for the entire year. It's a great idea but I never joined in. Call it a fear of failure mixed in with a little bit of laziness. You know, those New Year's resolutions start off strong and by February everyone has forgotten.
This year I am taking a chance, a chance that I might fail. A chance that I will prove to myself, once again, how undependable my flesh is. I am risking disappointment. But that is o.k. because I may fail but GOD NEVER DOES. He never tires, He is dependable, reliable, steadfast, true, loyal, trustworthy, all knowing, all sufficient, and the Lover of my soul. So if I fail, all the more reason to exalt Him.
My word is RETHINK. Every time a negative thought or false truth enters my mind the alarm will sound RETHINK. It is my warning signal, warning me of my of lack of faith, or a lie that has crept in and altered my thinking. It doesn't take much but a little step to get you off the path. NO, it is NOT positive thinking or wearing rose colored glasses, thinking that if I focus enough on the positive all the negative realities will disappear. That is not walking in the truth! That is living a life of denial and illusion. I will not go there. I strongly prefer to have my feet firmly planted and rooted in the truth. God never asks us to live in denial or pretend everything is well in the world.
Just like the Hobbits did in the forest of Mirkwood, when they wandered off the path they fell under an oppressive discouragement, they became more disheartened and distrustful of each other. Their thinking became warped.
That is why it is so important for our thinking to be filtered through God's word. God's word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path, Psalm 119:105.
So when my mind strays off the path in Mirkwood the alarm will sound RETHINK. What does scripture say, who does God say He is, what is truth here.