As I was driving home last night I caught part of a radio program that was discussing the recent breach of one of the major credit information companies. There are a lot of implications when they suggest that around 143 million people had their information stolen including Social Security numbers, etc. I am not sure about all the information that was stolen but the idea I got from the broadcast was that most everyone in the United States who is of the age to have a credit rating or score could have been impacted. The host and guest went on to give advice and information about what to do.
By the time I got home I was in fear and panic (well not exactly, but you know what I mean) and thought that my identity was stolen and it would take me a couple of years to recover. I was ready to send an email to all my family and friends and tell them what I heard and to encourage them to take immediate steps.
Along the way during the evening I spoke to my brother, who is a CPA and an insurance agent. He explained to me a few other enlightening aspects to what happened and some steps I could take. He told me that it was of concern and that it is not to be taken lightly. HOWEVER, after I spoke to him I did not feel panicked! I realized that there were some things I could and should do. I also understood that I did not have to deal with this before I went to bed. Oh, and I also found out that this happened several months ago and was made known to the public a while back—not exactly new news. Again, I felt a sense of responsibility and a level of urgency—but not panic!
It is amazing the difference that one perspective can make. One voice can make you uptight and panicked, another can bring a sense of perspective and the result is calm.
We have to be careful about what voices we listen to don’t we? Sometimes we call it “the voice of reason.”
I am not referring to “voices” in our head that are from some odd source. But we all know that we are constantly interacting with our mind, will and emotions. At any moment, we can give in to a wrong thought and then even wrong choices and impulsive actions.
The Scripture reminds us about our mind and our thoughts. There are well over 200 passages that have something to say about this and there are hundreds of other references to our heart.
1 Corinthians 2:16 – For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.
Psalm 119:113 – I hate the double-minded, but I love your law.
Proverbs 28:26– Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered.
Lamentations 3:21-23 – But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
Romans 12:2 – Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Ephesians 4:23 – and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds,
Philippians 4:8 – Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
Colossians 3:2 – Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.
2 Corinthians 10:5 – We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,
Hebrews 4:12 – For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
There are so many lessons to be learned from these and other passages such as:
So, how are your thoughts? If you study this further you will know that God is in control and can be trusted completely. When the world (or your world) seems out of control, when they blame God as not loving because of hurricanes, when your private information is stolen—make sure you have right thoughts and that your mind is in the right place! Go to the right source! A good place to begin might be to memorize one or several of the verses above and to meditate on them. I think the “panic” will cease if you do.
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