Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Brain Power vs God Power

How's your brain power?
I'm not referring to how smart you are. Heaven knows, I'd not want anyone to test my IQ. If they did, they would have to make new charts showing a lower IQ table! Today they would say about me, "She's not the brightest crayon in the box."
I may not be the smartest person in the world but I know a thing or two. One is that how you use your mind is as important as how much smarts you have in it.
Let me show you what I mean.
My husband comes home from work in a bad mood. At dinner he makes a remark about the chicken being a little on the dry side. I let it pass. Next he asks why I didn't get his pants out of the cleaners. After all, I had all day to do it. This time the old brain goes to work. "How dare he imply I do nothing all day." Later in the evening, he asks me to get him some ice cream. I've had quite a bit of time now to "stew" on the two remarks he made earlier. I get his ice cream but I kind of slam it down. Ice cream splatters on his pants. The brain is saying, "He deserved it! "
For the rest of the evening I recall every negative thing he's ever done, starting with the day we got married. By bedtime he ranks right up there with Jack the Ripper!
Does any of that sound vaguely familiar?
Each day we have choices of how to use our minds, how we think. One will lead to a right relationship with God and with others. The other will lead to anger, resentment and bitterness. I guess we all know which is the right choice. Doing what we know to be right is not as easy!
Today, let's allow God's power to control our minds. Resist those negative thoughts. Replace them with thankfulness, even for the person who makes it difficult for you to have the right thinking process!
Praise God that he has given you the Holy Spirit who gives you power to think godly thoughts, even when it is difficult.
Hoping today my "thinker" is controlled by the Holy Spirit, Gloria


Anonymous said...

And, of course, HE has absolutely NO idea what is going through your thoughts. He is probably wondering what YOUR problem is, if he even thinks that far!

I am still chuckling over today's thoughts. How very accurate they are.

And, if we would just have a little quiet time with the Lord He would change our way of thinking. But, nooooo, we have to do it our way first!

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Gloria for all your devos. I emailed this one to my mother in Iowa again and also to my friend in Illinois. Have u ever tried to get these published into a women's devotional?

I'm so glad I got to meet you last month at Nancy's Chair's mtg.

Thanks again for your words of wisdom,

Tina Cho

Gloria McQueen Stockstill said...

Tina, it was great meeting you, too. Thank you for your kind words. It is encouraging to know someone is being blessed by what I write!

I am pursuing getting a publisher to put these in book form. I would appreciate it if you would pray that, if God wills, he will open that door for me.


Gloria McQueen Stockstill said...


Hey, not my husband. He can read my mind, such as it is!

Of course, he may get clues I'm upset when he hears all the banging pots in the kitchen or the lips pursed together real tight. Do you think those things might be what it is and not that he can read my mind?