It is no secret. I love Facebook. It’s true, and I’ve come out about it. Okay.
Every time I open Facebook I’m asked a question. “What’s on Your Mind?” It is a phrase we all know well if we are on the world’s largest social network.
Some people write in that space. Others never. Some rarely. A few constantly.
“What’s on your mind?” How many times in 3 ½ years have I looked at that? How many times have I written there? Some days not at all. Some times rarely. Other days constantly.
My mom died just a month or so after I created my account. I found it hard to post anything in the space at that time.
When we actually took women into Freedom Home for the first time, it was a great place to shout the wonderful news.
“What’s on your mind?” The question made me more aware of my thoughts and emotions. What did I want people to hear from me? Did I want it to be negative? Do I want to constantly whine to others? Or do I want to say something worthwhile?
I don’t want to be fake. I just don’t want to dwell on the bad. I found myself writing out frustrations and then erasing them and asking myself, “how has God blessed me today?” “What can I see good in this situation?” Sometimes I couldn’t see good. So I left my status blank. I learned to take control of what I wrote on my status.
Recently I realized that I’m actually thinking happier thoughts. It doesn’t take a lot for me to come up with something positive in my day because I’m seeing and walking in the blessings of each day. Tinker Bell told Peter Pan to think happy thoughts, but she wasn't the first to give this advice. These words originated with the Apostle Paul long before.
The Scripture says, “whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely whatsoever things are of good report. If there be any virtue, if there be any praise, think on these things.” Philippians 4:8 KJV—(I use KJV little these days, but I as a child we quoted this verse weekly at our girls group at church and there it remains in my mind).
Paul says to think on what is right. Every day, every time I open Facebook I have the opportunity to put that into practice. As I look for what is good and lovely and just, I see what is good and lovely and just. God is working this principle deep within me.
And that just makes life much more pleasant to live.
Who would have known that a little question on Facebook would finally work this verse deep into my heart? God did.
So what’s on you mind? How do you deal with what is on your mind either positive or negative?