I recently read an article by Steve Carter, teaching pastor at Willow Creek Community Church in Illinois, entitled, The Control Tower. In this article he talked about the importance of the airport control tower. A plane only takes off or lands at the air traffic controller command. The air traffic controller is the gatekeeper to the city. Their job is very important to keep millions of people safe everyday.
Do you realize that you are the air traffic controller of your own mind and heart? Are you letting a lot of anxious thoughts, fears, and worries take up headspace in your heart and mind? I challenge you to deny access to any anxious thoughts landing in your personal airport. If it helps you, give yourself a personal airport code. My personal airport is DJR (my initials). When anxious thoughts start to come my way I can tell them they must land somewhere else. They are denied access into my headspace or heart space. Think about this. Spend some time reading, journaling and praying through the following passage. I love that at the end of this passage we are told what to allow in our personal airport. We can deny anxious thoughts and worry and instead choose whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just... Try it out this week. Practice it.
“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things." - Philippians 4:4-8 ESV
Parents, after explaining this idea to your children, discuss the following:
1. If you could fly anywhere, where would you go?
2. What are your initials, use your initials to create your own personal airport code.
3. What negative thoughts have you allowed to land lately in your mind and heart?
4. Read Philippians 4:8 again. What is a good thought of God that you have allowed to land in your mind and heart.
Pray for your family to be brave and take control of what lands in their hearts and mind.
(These questions and ideas came from the control tower by Steve Carter)
Last week your kids heard the story from 1 John 3:10-18 | Love One Another.
Read Ahead: 1 Timothy 4:11-16; 2 Timothy 4:1-8; Titus 2:11-14
Main Point: Paul encouraged church leaders to teach God’s word.
Memory Verse: Galatians 2:20
Big Picture Question: Why does God want us to obey him? Obedience is our response to God‘s love for us.
- Deborah Rowe, Director of Families on Mission