Anyone who has a cell phone has probably seen the warning, “Memory almost full,” or at least something similar. For me, it always seems to come at a time when I’m waiting for something important to be sent to my phone. With so many phone capabilities these days (text messaging, pictures, data streaming, apps, etc), the memory capacity of our phones can fill up quick. When this happens, we have a couple of options. (1) We can leave it full and no longer have to ability to receive anything new. (2) We can delete some items and make room.
Our culture is heavily driven by technology and information. As a result, we can often feel like our minds are full. It doesn’t even seem to matter if you are 80 years old or 20. With so much to know and so many expectations in this information age, it feels like our minds can fill up quick. The options are the same as above. We can leave things the way they are and come to a standstill, or we can make room to grow and learn.
The question is, how can we make room? Obviously we can’t just delete thoughts and memories. Have you ever noticed that those times when you mind feels the fullest are the times when you are stressed, guilty, upset, mad, overburdened, etc? We never seem to feel mentally bogged down when our lives of full of happiness and fun. It seems that our “mental delete buttons” are pressed when we focus on positive aspects. Obviously it doesn’t mean we forget our worries and troubles, but it sure does seem to make them lighter and easier to bear. Almost like it is clearing room for us to think and make decisions. The key seems to be to focusing on the good.
Similarly, Paul said in Philippians 4:8, “Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.” We know this should be a way of life, but it also applies to the focus of our minds as well. Surely the troubles and trials of this life wouldn’t feel so burdensome and filling if we are focusing on positives like these.
Go hit that “mental delete button” this week. Let’s put down the worries, trials, and troubles that full up our minds this week and let’s focus on aspects that are happy and, above all else, godly.