What to Think about Instead of Worrying
Timothy Z. Witmer
Mindscape is the word used by Timothy Z. Witmer to describe the landscape of our minds. Is it a beautiful landscape full of pleasant thoughts or has it become overgrown by the weeds of worry and other negative thoughts?
Worry weeds are stubborn. If something isn’t done they can overtake our whole mindscape and impact all that we do. . . . Our worry weeds can begin to take over our minds the way kudzu is taking over parts of the United States. (Timothy Z. Witmer, Mindscape).
The task of changing the landscape of our mind can seem overwhelming if things have gotten out of control, but with the help of the Holy Spirit, we can excavate the old and re-create a new landscape so we have a beautiful mind—the mind of Christ.
It is not just enough to rip out the weeds of your mindscape—because you can be sure that if you don’t replace them with something better, they will grow back with a vengeance. (Timothy Z. Witmer, Mindscape).
In Mindscape, the author takes readers on a tour of a beautiful mind, according to Philippians 4:6-9.
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. 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. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you (NLT).
I’ve heard this passage taught many times, but this was the most thorough and intriguing explanation I’ve ever read. It’s easy to look at that list of virtuous thoughts and wonder what’s really there to think about. It doesn’t seem concrete enough. But the author takes these abstract concepts one by one to develop them into something practical and applicable to my thought life.
If you struggle with worry or other negative thoughts, Mindscape is worth a read.