Hey there – I’m Mark.
You may have seen my name mentioned in some of Liz’s blog posts and I may have even flown under the radar with an alias, such as…hubby, father of 4, superintendent (since we homeschool J), etc. Now that you are seeing the correlation and the relation that Liz and I have, I will go ahead and say it… “Yes! I am a very lucky man!” You may have already grasped from Liz, but I will reiterate, that God has blessed us in so many ways. I would’ve never dreamt that our life would be what it is, but I fully believe that we are right where we need to be…right now!
Where to begin? I told Liz the other day that maybe I could write a few things down on her blogging machine, and much to my surprise, she said, “sure!” I’m always amazed that my wife can drum up thoughts and feelings and put them into a post in such a captivating way. I’m a guy…I’m analytical…I’m a deep thinker. But, I’m not always so good about letting others know how I feel or portraying what I’m thinking.
Am I making any sense? At times, I find myself becoming overwhelmed with all the thoughts that go through my head. You see, I’m always thinking of new inventions (that never seem to make it very far), new business ideas (that usually get put on the back burner) or ways to improve our financial condition (which is a daunting task on one income for a family of six), just to name a few. As a matter of fact, if you haven’t heard, it’s been said that the average person can have around 55k-70k thoughts over the course of one day. Wow…that’s crazy!
So here’s my question to you… “What do you think about, when you think about, what you wanna think about?” I asked the momma of the house this question the other day and needless to say, she just looked at me in utter confusion. I’m sure the thought going through her mind at that time was, “yep, he really has gone mad.” Think about that question…really think about it. It has opened my eyes in so many ways, to the fact that many times my thoughts aren’t where they should be. I get consumed with thinking about stuff and many times I lose focus on who and what has gotten my family where it is…God and His grace.
Why is that? Why do we let things distract us? Why do we let abstract thoughts consume us? I believe there is a battle going on in the heart of every person…a spiritual battle. War strategies are endless, but to win a battle, one must first get rid of obstacles placed by the enemy and focus on the end game...are you tracking with me? Therefore, I often ask myself this question (say it with me), “What do I think about, when I think about, what I wanna think about?”
Be honest with yourself when answering that question and make adjustments to your strategy! I think Phillipians 4:8 (NIV) says it best, “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."
Now, at this exact moment, I really need to THINK ABOUT helping my wife out…the kids are becoming restless…let the rough-housing begin J