Growth Tips

“Stay Out of Them Places”

Hee Haw, a TV country music, and corny comedy show, featured skits with Archie Campbell playing the part of a doctor. On one occasion, a patient told the doctor he had broken his arm in two places. To which, the practical minded doctor responded, “Well, stay out of them places.”

I told you it was corny comedy, but the re-runs have been playing for 50 years. Maybe one of the reasons the show has lasted so long is because it includes some valuable practical advice. Staying out of the places where we are getting hurt is great counsel for our minds.

Do you have some places you have a tendency to go with your thinking that is hurting you? Places like comparing yourself to others, not turning loose of past hurts and failures, or focusing on self-condemning thinking can break things. You ought to stay out of those places.

Christian leaders never outgrow the need to:

  1. Guard the heart (Proverbs 24:3). Michael Hyatt says your heart is your most important leadership tool.
  2. Take every thought captive (2 Corinthians 10:5). Be intentional. Identify the thoughts that are taking you to hurtful places.
  3. Renew your mind by focusing on truth (Romans 12:2, Philippians 4:8). Telling yourself the truth about who you are and what you have in Christ is still the road to freedom.

If you can identify some “joy robbers” and “peace stealers” that have been occupying your thoughts, now is a great time to reinforce the liberating truth you know from God’s Word.

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