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Power of the Mind

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”

2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV)

Two friends stood staring over the edge of a cliff at the dark blue water below. “What do you think could be down there?” one said. The other preparing to take a leap said, “I don’t know, but let’s go find out!” “But there could be monsters in the deep!!” he replied, as his friend sprinted by and took a leap. Flying through the air with a smile he said, “There could be a whole new world down there!”

I remember wondering what was out there and what was next. Don’t you? Don’t you remember staring into the dark night sky peppered with brilliant starlight and wondering what else is there? Or looking into a deep pool of water not being able to see the bottom and pondering what could be living down there? Those thoughts drove us to land on the moon and visit the Marina trench. They drive us to see what else there could be beyond what we see and know today.

Oh, they drive adventure and wonder. They fuel imaginations and inventions. How powerful those deep thoughts are. Those same powerful contemplations empower fear in us. We have the concept of the unknown to deal with. We then begin to create aliens, sea monsters, and creeping things of the dark. When in all reality, there are no such things. Not as our minds create anyway. That fear can embolize us and lock us down in our comfort zone.

That powerful motivator of free wonderous thought is God given. It’s meant to push us to seek something more than we know and understand, Him. It also is meant to drive us to seek the amazement of His work in the lives of others through His word. It should motivate us to push on to unknown territory, meet unknown people, and witness untold stories of transformation. What are you letting that wonderfully creative, God given mind, set hold of in you? Adventure or fear?

-Steve Johnson


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