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Wednesday Wrap-up: August 11, 2010

I teach the kids at my church on Wednesday evenings, I thought it would be a great idea to recap what I am teaching on an adult level for some good discussion. Most of my thoughts will be written before the session (I am the teacher after all) but I will tweak them before I publish them.
 
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable -- if anything is excellent or praiseworthy -- think about such things. Phillippians 4:8

We are doing a study on the Fruits of the Spirit this school year, spending a month on each fruit. In August we are talking about Self Control (We are going backwards, in case you're confused). Tonight we focused on controlling our thoughts by using self control in what we put into our minds. This is a topic that tends to hit home for me. I think so often that as an adult I feel like, I can watch what I want or listen to anything without it necessarily affecting me. 

This is dangerous territory though. I have to constantly remind myself that even though no human hears my thoughts, God knows them. SIDE NOTE: I heard a discussion on the radio the other day about how people struggle more to confess their sins to other people than to God, because we don’t grasp God as a real being since we can’t see Him... I really got where they were coming from with that one, same concept, different application. I also keep reminding me of the old classroom poster that goes something like: “Your thoughts become your words, your words become your actions, your actions become your reputation.” 

I explained to the kids that when I my thoughts go to places and things that the shouldn't I put a mental image into my head of walking through the field of daisies that was across the street from the house where I grew up.
Controlling your thoughts can be one of the hardest practices for me, what works for you?

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