A book called Nudge, a social economic book, studies how and why people think the way they do (and how to change their thinking). Everyone starts with an anchor and adjusts from there in a new direction.
In other words, if you’re learning something new, you start with what you already know. If you love geraniums, then you might want to learn more about pelargoniums (every geranium is a pelargonium, but not every pelargonium is a geranium).
You know you can break off any piece of a geranium, put it in good soil and keep it watered, and it will grow. That’s your anchor knowledge. If it works for a geranium, then it would probably work for any pelargonium. Worth a try, right? That’s the adjustment of thinking, based on your anchor.
Let’s take that concept to a spiritual level.
Scripture is our anchor. If we anchor our thoughts to the Bible, then as we adjust our thinking, it is firmly tied to “right” thinking. A wise and wonderful and healthy way of thinking.
Here’s my real-life example: as my son is on his way to Honduras to live for the year, it is very tempting to go to a place of worry. Just google Honduras and you’ll see what I mean! One friend, in particular, tells me the latest worst news (as if I wasn’t aware!).
But Scripture is my anchor.
“If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the farthest sea, even there Your hand will guide me, Your right hand will hold me fast” (Psalm 139:9-10).
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid, do not be discouraged, for I am with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9).
“You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you” (Isaiah 26:3).
The Bible is full of “anchor” verses about trusting a good and loving God with our daily concerns. From there, we adjust our thinking. When I rest on my anchor of trust, worry dissolves and my heart finds peace.
How about you? Do you have some anchor verses to share? Please chime in with a comment! Your thoughts are treasured.
By the way, I’ll be sharing Tad’s life in Honduras throughout the year. On Instagram and FB, too! You’re invited to follow along: suzannewoodsfisher and www.facebook.com/SuzanneWoodsFisherAuthor