There it is. The dreaded warning message on our phone, “Storage Almost Full.” It always seems to come at an important time when we really need some memory space. With so many phone capabilities these days (text messaging, pictures, data streaming, apps, etc), the memory capacity of our phones fills up quick. When this happens, we have a couple of options, leave it full or make some room.
Sometimes our minds give us a “Storage Almost Full” type message as well. We live in a time of information overload. We are advancing exponentially and new things are being constantly being created and discovered. We live in a time where we can receive information about just about anything (world events, politics, sports, news, money, education, etc). The information coming our way is endless. It can often make our minds feel full.
Sadly, our minds can feel so overloaded that it makes it hard to focus on spiritual things. We come to worship and are distracted by about three thousands others things that came to our attention this week. We come to dig into God’s Word but have trouble really soaking it in. While our minds aren’t literally full, it sure can feel like it at times.
So the question is, how can we make room? Obviously, we can’t just delete thoughts and memories. The key is in adjusting our focus. Listen to Paul’s words 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.”
The things we “dwell” on are the things we retain and remember. You’ve probably heard the expression, “If you don’t use it, you’ll lose it.” This functions like a mental delete button. What we focus on, we keep. What we don’t dwell on, we’ll lose. If we focus on retaining the spiritual qualities more than worldly information, we’ll keep it and use it.
We get so focused and busy with life that we neglect spiritual things. We dwell on these silly things and miss what’s really important. Sounds a lot like what Martha was distracted with (Luke 10:38-42). Go hit that “mental delete button” this week. Let’s stop focusing so much on the trivial stuff and start focusing on the vital Philippians 4:8 qualities.