Our family lived in one house for about 15 years and then moved to a new house not too far away. I still ran errands in the same area and went to the same grocery store. On more than one occasion, I would be out and about and then get into my car to head home…only to find that I had driven right back to my old house. I'd pull into the driveway before I ever even caught myself! Have you ever had something like that happen? This is just one example of how our minds travel back to the old if we aren't intentional about focusing on the new.
Anytime we are trying to make a change in our lives, it's like paving a new road. It happens in stages. It can be tempting to take the "old road" because that road is paved and familiar. But, the familiar isn't going to get us to our destiny. Taking the road less traveled or taking new ground—that's how we grow, learn and develop into everything God has called us to be.
Today, I just want to encourage you to think intentionally. Set your mind on the Word of God. Don't just let your thoughts wander. The Bible says to take captive every thought. That means we don't let our thoughts flow aimlessly; we intentionally set our thoughts on God and His Word. When you think intentionally, you'll act intentionally and move forward intentionally into the place of victory and fulfillment God has prepared for you!
"Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth." (Colossians 3:2, ESV)