When our thoughts are like raspberries

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So far in my life I’ve had over two dozen jobs. One of them was working in the fields over the summers. What kinds of fields, you ask? Berry fields! Strawberry, raspberry, blueberry, even some extra work in potato & cucumber fields. Cucumbers are prickly… worst thing ever to pick. The raspberry  field was very special, because one had to be a certain age to work there. The summer when I turned 14, (or maybe 15) was quite something, because that meant I could apply, and hopefully work in those fancy-shmancy ginormous field machines.

It was as glorious as I’d imagined. The job consisted of sitting and sorting raspberries from the conveyor belt. It was constantly moving, and raspberries kept coming. As they fell into each box, I needed to rotate the box around so there wouldn’t be more than like an inch of raspberries over the whole bottom of the box. At the same time, I needed to catch all the bad raspberries and toss them out. If I didn’t, the box of good raspberries would get “contaminated” from the one bad moldy one. Sometimes there were bushes where a ton of bad raspberries came through at such a rate that my hands were a blur trying to toss them out. Other times it was a very slow relaxed row or day where one had time to actually think thoughts.

Anyway, I recently remembered this job when I was thinking how our thoughts work. We have so many thoughts on a regular basis and if the bad thoughts don’t get tossed out right away they contaminate a little section of our brain. If we let it go, it’s like allowing a poisonous area to accumulate. Then our thought process is messed up, we think incorrectly, we have a terrible attitude, we have a skewed perspective, etc. I’m not going to list off actual examples; there are too many.

“We … take every thought captive to obey Christ.” 2 Cor. 10:5

Instead of allowing our emotions, feelings, social media, culture, etc. define us, or dictate how or what we are to think, we need to make sure it’s aligned with the Word of God.

And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” Philippians 4:8