Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect." Romans 12:2
During our wonderful book study on "The Forty-Day Word Fast", we attempted to rid our lives of 6 kinds of words, words of judgment, criticism, sarcasm, negativity, complaining, and gossip. That, my friends, left us with a LOT of silence to fill. What do you say instead when you get wilted salad at a restaurant? What do you say instead when you cannot BELIEVE she just did that? What do you say when you just heard the most unbelievable news about Jenny down the street?
Through our time together, it became obvious that if you are going to change the way you speak, you have to re-frame the problem. Instead of changing our words, it is more helpful to change our thoughts and our selves. Here is how Jesus says it in Matthew 23:25-26: “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean."
Tony Dungy, former coach of the Indianapolis Colts, said it this way, "What is down in the well comes up in the bucket. Fill yourself with positive things."
What are you filling your life with? What do you listen to and watch? What kinds of conversations are you listening too from friends? Are they good and acceptable and perfect? Are they helping you transform by the renewing of your mind?
Be sure that part of what you are filling your well with is the word of God. If sitting down with the Bible is difficult for your, consider the online version of Our Daily Bread, which also includes a "Bible in a Year" application.
And Please join us for worship at 11am on Sunday to continue filling yourself with the word of God, lyrics of songs that bless our hearts, and time to reflect on God's movement in our lives.
Blessings on filling your well!
Rev. Jana Quisenberry is the minister at Brightwood Christian Church. She's an ordained pastor in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). A graduate of Transylvania University in Lexington, KY and Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, IN, She now resides in Mt. Lebanon with her husband, two children, and dog, Sookie. Pastor Jana loves the church, science fiction, and coffee.