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Minus the Filters

What happens when our filters are stripped away? It can happen to anyone at any time. It canfilter be the result of alcohol consumption, medications, anesthesia, dementia, Alzheimers, and probably several more factors that I haven’t thought of yet. But the point is…what happens when our filters are stripped away and our naked psyche is laid bare?

I have witnessed a gentle, trusting person slip into an early death, their body ravaged by cancer, their mind dulled by medication. I have witnessed a fearful, fiercely independent person slip into dementia, lashing out at anyone trying to help. I can’t help but wonder at the difference the habits of the mind might make when one’s filters are gone.

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

These words penned by the Apostle Paul to the church at Philippi are an exhortation for me as well. I must train my mind and my heart to trust the Lord’s nearness, employ joy, gratitude and prayer as weapons against anxiety. To do so is to welcome a peace that transcends my cognitive experience, a peace that remains even when medication, disease or old age lay bare my soul.

Today I must think about the positive rather than the negative, look for the good in people and situations, fix my mind on the very One who is most lovely and excellent. Today is the day; I can’t afford to wait until tomorrow or the day after. I need a lifetime of this discipline in order to be the person I most want to be–the person Christ created me to be–minus the filters.

As we begin this new year, ask yourself who you most want to be. Is that who you would be, minus your filters?

Today is the day.

5 thoughts on “Minus the Filters

  1. My mother told me, “Your mind is like a chest of drawers. Today you control what you put there. But tomorrow, someone else may open those drawers and all they will find is what you put there!” This strategy served her well for the 92 years she lived!

  2. A very nice article. I have God in my life and Christian friends to help me with the trails and tribulations I have had in my life. I lost my mother to dementia. My sister is dying now with dementia.
    I cared for my brother J.R. with dementia for 2 years until I placed him in a nursing home recently. J.R. was a preacher for decades. Now my younger brother has been diagnosed with dementia. Why I still have my brain is a mystery. Two years ago I almost lost my husband to meningitis. Doctors gave up and said it was between him and God. Prayer saved my husband. My heart goes out to caregivers.

    • I am new to the role of caregiver for a parent but I already understand how precious time becomes, so I thank you for taking the time to read my blog and post a comment. I pray God’s mercy and grace for you and your loved ones. You are certainly walking a difficult road. And I thank God that you still have your mind, and pray his continued protection for you.

      • Thank you for your comment Andee. My mother use to tell me all the time that life on this earth is boot camp for Heaven. I was in the Air Force for 4 years and I know what boot camp is. Good luck to you and your loved one with dementia. God bless.

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