Another week and another very exciting challenge with this week’s being to know the difference between fact and opinion. Proverbs 18 says, Contrast the Upright and the Wicked, He who separates himself seeks his own desire, He quarrels against all sound wisdom. A fool does not delight in understanding, but only in revealing his own mind.
I got the inspiration for this challenge when I remembered reading a Joyce Meyer book called 'battlefield of the mind' where God gave me a revelation of where some of my stress stemmed from. Some of my thinking was not based on factual information but rather the opinions of others or my own judgments of my perceptions. For example, if I overheard someone relaying a conversation to someone else, I could quite easily develop an opinion about what I had heard!
This is true of a lot of us because our brain (our thinking) wants to protect us all the time and leads us to consider what we are hearing as a possible threat. Therefore, we can fall into the common trap of riding on our own thoughts instead of taking every thought and thinking about it with the mind of Christ.
We can choose what we believe, fact or opinion/fiction moreover we can be mindful of our thoughts in a way that aids us rather than a way that disables us. So...this week’s challenge is to be mindful of our thinking AND SPEAKING of (opinions). Which thoughts and judgments are based on fact and which aren’t? The thought that isn't based on fact, let it go, dismiss it. The thought, judgement or feeling that IS based on fact, then that could be a valid good thought and worth having.
Get in touch this week with how you find this challenge!
God bless you all