Up from the Rabbit Hole – Proverbs 4:20-23

I don’t always realize when the filters of my mind need cleaning.  I feel I’m pretty good at watching what goes into my brain, but when I read Dorcas Smucker’s blog this week I decided I should do some scrubbing.

rabbit costume. ryanmcguire. free pixabay

She wrote about how she “followed the rest of this country down this rabbit hole of insanity” this week when she got overwhelmed by stuff dominating the media. Dorcas even found herself griping about Caitlyn Jenner, that he should have instead transitioned to a gray-haired, saggy-bellied woman in the throes of menopause.

Was that a rant?

I have high regard for Dorcas Smucker’s writing. Like her, I steer clear of going deep into social trends and politics. But here she is, a Mennonite minister’s wife, mother of six, columnist for the Register-Guard and author, and she finds a way to meet most any subject with grace and objectivity. All without adding to our already maxed-out brains.

She delivered just the encouragement I needed this week when she said she dealt with craziness by feeding her hunger for the Bible. She also counsels the discouraged young people in her life by telling them they need more Jesus and more talking with “real people with real voices who speak real words” and less of looking to digital friends.

Like my son would say, “BAM!” I think he means that’s the point!

What a perfect way to describe the thought-cleaning I do. It’s like keeping up on my computer’s maintenance. I don’t wait till it gets sick and performs poorly before I defrag or chkdsk. And I don’t wait till my mind gets gunked up before I scrub the filters with good dose of words of truth from the Bible.

My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body. Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.

Proverbs 4:20-23 NIV

by Kathy Sheldon Davis

By Kathy Sheldon Davis

Kathy Sheldon Davis, contributing author of the books Jesus Talked to Me Today and Seeking His Presence, and a finalist for the Oregon Christian Writers Cascade award, lives with her husband, Jerry, in a "smaller than Eugene" town in Oregon. Kathy enjoys mentoring and editing for other writers, making strangers into friends, and celebrating holidays with her extended family. She has written for Pathways—Moments with God since 2016 and posts devotions on her blog at kathysheldondavis.com .

1 comment

  1. Thanks, Kathy! That’s just what I needed to hear today. I need to turn my ears toward Christ’s voice & Word more often. Then maybe I’ll love more deeply & authentically.

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