It called me forward to be the first, to leave my mark - but there are dangers.
I pictured myself effortlessly sailing across the deep powdery ocean – but there are risks, holes and old fencing could be hiding under the surface waiting to grab my ski.
I looked back at the trail, well worn and smooth, where many skis had etched deep groves into the snow. It would be much less physical exertion, easier and faster to keep to the old path - that’s where it’s familiar.
Our thoughts are like paths in the snow. It’s easy to slip into old patterns of thought because they’re familiar . . . habitual.
Things will be different today – I’ve had my quiet time, exercised a little – I’m not going to entertain worry and anxiety – period!
But the day drags on, dark, cold, grey, and before noon it starts. The heart sinks into discouragement, and the skis point down old paths.
Do you know why the mind is such a battlefield? It’s because the renewed mind is where the Lord wishes to express His Kingdom. The flesh pulls toward the familiar, even if it’s unhealthy, and sadly the devil knows an un-renewed mind gives him an open invitation.
A dear friend, and sounding board, listened to my battle with depression.
“Look for the lies,” she said. Those four words changed my life.
Each time I pick up His word I feel the gentle tug of the Holy Spirit leading across a new, crystal snowscape.
And He whispers . . . Believe.
“Now thanks be unto God, who always causeth us to triumph in Christ and who maketh manifest through us the savor of His knowledge in every place.” (2 Corinthians 2:14)
“Do not be conformed to this world,[a] but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12:2)
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” (Philippians 4:8)
“Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.” (Colossians 3:2)