YOUR MENTAL ENERGY

Ephesians 5:15-17

Do not be partakers with them. Ephesians 5:7

James Thurber’s short story, “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” is about a man who is caught perpetually in his world of daydreams. The simplest activity becomes to him like a mission out of a movie, and his mind is never on the task at hand.

Although the story is humorous, it points out a problem that can be very serious. Spending endless hours in a fantasy world is time-consuming and time-wasting because it removes the daydreamer from the real world in which God wants him to live and operate.

Does that mean it’s not OK to dream? No. God created each of us with powerful imaginations and creative impulses that He wants to use. The issue is the amount of time and the objective involved. It’s a matter of stewardship of your time. Any hobby or activity that removes your focus and priority from the Lord is spiritually harmful and a poor use of the time that God has given you.

Ecclessiastes 5:7 (NASB) tells us very simply: “In many dreams and in many words there is emptiness. Rather fear God.” Where do you spend your mental energy?

Over the years, empty pursuits can take their toll. Proverbs 28:19 (NIV) explains, “He who works his land will have abundant food, but the one who chases fantasies will have his fill of poverty.”

Dear heavenly Father, help me channel my mental energy to Your pursuits and purposes.

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