Faith: What we think matters
We all have a limited capacity to think about multiple things simultaneously. For some, we have a one-track mind and can only think about one thing at a time. While others are more able to multi-task and think about many things.
These things we have in our mind, our emotion and our spirit can add up and once we reach capacity, it is very hard for us to manage. We become less efficient, can drop the ball, have problems concentrating, and can even cause problems in our relationships.
This capacity we will call “space” and when we hold on to things, either within our control or beyond our control, we limit this capacity. We call it “holding space.”
Many of us are “holding space” for things we have no business holding space for and it affects our overall capacity. Strains in your day to day life, financial pressures, marital worry, work struggles, and even unforgiveness and bitterness are all things we often “hold space” for and each affects our overall capacity.
What are you holding space for? Who are you holding space for? Don't hold space for anything that takes you away from God. Don't hold space for anything that damages your relationships or pulls your capacity away from loving those around you. Hold space for the right things, and the right people, the right circumstances, and watch your capacity to have an impact in your world rise.
Phillippians 4:8-9 says, “8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”
Imagine the most disgusting thing to you. For me, it is chicken livers. I hate them. I hate how they smell, look and taste. Disgusting.
Now imagine I have picked up a bunch of them in my hands and coddle them. I smell them, put my face in them, and I hold them close. So much so that even entertaining the idea of holding anything else is not possible.
Now imagine those chicken livers are the unforgiveness and bitterness you have in your heart. People try to hand you blessings, but you can't take them because you are too busy coddling that which you hate. You have given it space, you have given it power. It controls you. You think it doesn't, but where is your joy?
Let that which you hate, and yet hold, go. Don't let it have space in your mind or your spirit anymore. It is time to leave that which you hold space for — that thing you know that disgusts you and that you shouldn't hold. Leave it at the cross and be prepared to pick up the blessings of God in your life.