I don’t always realize when the filters in my head 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 to do some scrubbing.
She wrote about how she “followed the rest of this country down this rabbit hole of insanity” this week when she got overwhelmed by the stuff dominating the media. Dorcas even found herself griping to Caitlyn Jenner that he should have transitioned to a gray-haired, saggy-bellied woman in the throes of menopause!
Was that a rant?
I often measure myself against Dorcas Smucker’s writing. I like to steer clear of discussing social trends and politics. But here she is, a Mennonite minister’s wife, school principal, grass seed warehouse operator, mother of six, columnist for the Register-Guard and author, and she meets any subject with grace and objectivity. And without adding to our already maxed-out brains.
She delivered just the encouragement I needed this week when she said she dealt with the 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.”
Like my son would say, “BAM!”
What a perfect way to describe the thought-cleaning I do. It’s like keeping up on computer maintenance. I don’t wait till it gets sick and performs poorly before I defrag or chkdsk, or whatever. And I don’t wait till my mind gets gunked up before I scrub the filters. I make Bible reading and study a top priority.
“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