• Autumn Stafford

Fixing Your Crooked Foundation

One of my favorite hobbies is lifting weights. No, I do not lift much weight, but I still enjoy it and it makes me feel strong. Several years ago I learned that my hips are out of alignment. They have likely been this way for quite some time, but this goes completely unnoticed until I try to run or lift.

When I started lifting heavier weights, this became very obvious. Anytime my hips would be out of alignment my form or my foundation would be crooked. My trainer never lets me lift with a crooked foundation. When she starts to notice my crooked form or foundation, I have to put all my weight down and go see my chiropractor. The adjustment from the chiropractor helps my body to remember where it is supposed to be and what proper alignment feels like and looks like.

It is interesting how our mind seems to work in a very similar fashion. Every once in a while, our thoughts get a little crooked. We start to think things about ourselves, about the world, about the future, our purpose or maybe even about our schedules that are not quite in alignment with truth. If we let this keep going, our mind begins to believe that this way of thinking is the new alignment, the new correct form or foundation.

Without even realizing it, sometimes we can completely shift the foundation that we are living from. Our priorities can begin to change. Our standards begin to change. Our attitudes change. What we believe to be true changes. All because we are misaligned. Our foundation is not steady and our form is crooked.

This leads me to ask myself -- and anyone reading this -- what thoughts do you need to bring back into alignment with the truth? Have you been letting yourself think that what you do does not matter? Have you been letting yourself believe that God does not see what you are going through? Maybe that the day to day, mundane things do not matter?

Have you been letting yourself believe that God is disappointed in you for feeling depressed or anxious? Or, maybe, it is a little simpler and you have started believing the lie that you are too busy to focus on the Lord.

Maybe you have let yourself believe that college is a break from your time of living surrendered to God. Likely, we all have something that needs to cause us to pause and bring our mind back into alignment. This kind of alignment will not require an appointment with a chiropractor, but it will require you spending some time being honest with the Lord and seeking real truth in the Bible.

Much like time allowed our body or our mind to learn this new and unstable form, we have to intentionally do the work to remind our body and our mind of what is right and good. We have to repeat the right form, the truth, in order to make it stick.

God tells us to fix our mind on things above (Col. 3:2), not on what is seen, but on what is unseen (2 Cor. 4:18). These are the things we have to train our mind to focus on -- to dwell on. It is much more than just looking for the silver lining or ignoring the negative. It is being set on such a firm foundation that you can lift all of the heavy situations that life will include with a proper and true perspective.

What thoughts have you been letting take up space in your mind? What thoughts have you been dwelling on? I encourage you to spend some time seeking out Scripture and what the Lord would tell you is true and worthy of forming your foundation.

Here are a few to get you started: Ephesians 1:1-8, 1 Peter 2:9, 2 Corinthians 10:5 and Philippians 4:8.

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