Clearing Your Mind Isn’t Enough

Clearing Your Mind Isn’t Enough

Recently, we visited the historic town of Golden, Colorado. At the heart of the town is Clear Creek, a bubbling mountain stream good for kayaking, picnicking, and riding the rapids. A bridge spans the water at the north end of the town. All along the bridge posters give historical glimpses. In 1859, miners discovered gold in the mountain stream. Some of the newcomers changed to farming nearby when they didn’t come up with treasure.

When the stream was dredged so that Golden’s water supply would be increased and the water, clearer, the land around it would no longer grow anything because of the mineral content that flowed from the beautiful Clear Creek. Clearing the stream was good in some ways, but bad came from the action.

That got me to thinking; is clearing your mind enough to ensure your walk with God?

As with dredging out the stream, clearing our minds is invaluable for reducing the bad stuff and adding to our capacity for good stuff. When we empty our minds of the anger, resentment, and envy, we allow more room for faith, hope, and Christ. Good thing, yes. However,  the addict who gives up his drug of choice  must fill that gap with meetings, journaling, quiet time, and service to other addicts.

 ‘I will return to the house I left.’ When it arrives, it finds the house unoccupied, swept clean and put in order.Then it goes and takes with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that person is worse than the first. 
Matthew 12: 44,45

A clear mind is a beginning point.

An empty mind, as my mother used to say, is the devil’s playground.

If you’ve recently returned to Christ, cleared out the depression, the anger, the bad stuff built up in your thinking, and begun a new walk with the Lord, start by pouring good stuff into your mind.

Read your Bible.

Talk with God.

Go to church every time the door opens.

Call and ask questions of one farther down the road than you.

Help someone just because Christ helped you.

Volunteer in your church or community.

Stuff your mind with all the love and hope you can find.


Think about it. Is clearing your mind enough?

It wasn’t for me.


The picture above is that of Castle Rock overlooking the town of Golden. For further information on the beautiful town of Golden, Colorado, check out this link:


Janet K. Brown About Janet K. Brown

Janet K. Brown scored a dream come true when God gave her writing as her ministry. Her women’s fiction, Worth Her Weight, released this year as a compliment to her devotion book, Divine Dining: 365 Devotions to Guide You to Healthier Weight and Abundant Wellness. She lives with her husband in Wichita Falls, TX and loves to visit family and share with writers and readers.


  1. Love the distinction between a clear mind and an empty one. Very true, Janet.

  2. Thanks, Cherie. Yes, can’t sweep them clean & leave them that way.

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