I remember back in the days of playing softball at a local bar there was one game when one of our outfielders mis-judged a fly ball and it wound up going over his head and rolled to the fence. One of the other outfielders on our team, playing next to the him, started laughing and hollered “STOP-DROP-and ROLL!”.
I think I was the only person in the world who never heard that phrase. When I asked him about it, he told me, clearly baffled by my stupidity, “he got burned, that’s what you do when you’re on fire – stop, drop, and roll.”
As I woke up this morning I started thinking about that phrase and relating it to yesterday (and other days like it)….
Most of us have moments, minutes, or hours even, where our thoughts go where they shouldn’t. When you have spent a large portion of your life immersed in wickedness it is more likely because there are more triggers to remind you of your wicked past (or am I the only one that is true of?). It could be a song, a sign, a person, a social media post, or whatever.
There is nothing we can do about the external things that trigger thoughts of wickedness – even if we do our best to protect what goes into our mind, and steering clear of the things we know have tripped us up in the past – there are still going to be uncontrollable circumstances. Although there are things we can’t control, we can control how we respond to those thoughts that flood our mind.
I have never been on fire, I don’t now anyone that has ever been on fire, but apparently there must be a panic that sets in and a person on fire starts running around crazy – for obvious reasons. Why do I say that must be what happens? That must be why they have the “catchy” phrase we can remember, because they know in a panic we won’t respond correctly, but there is a chance we may do the right thing if we retain the catchy phrase, “STOP-DROP-and ROLL!”. In other words, “don’t run, thus feeding the fire with more oxygen allowing the fire to rage; no, stop and smother the fire.”
That is what we must do with wicked thoughts. STOP-DROP-and PRAY! If we allow the wicked thoughts to run wild, we are allowing those thoughts to gain momentum like a fire being fed oxygen. As soon as the trigger is tripped, tell yourself to STOP! Immediately drop to your knees and pray. Drop and meditate on God’s Word.
I wish this lesson of allowing wicked thoughts rage into a frenzy weren’t from personal experience, but they are – and since that is true, I am hopefully that the Lord will use it to encourage and edify others. I am trusting that the Lord will use my failures to edify the body of Christ. I am trusting that, “for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8) By God’s grace I know I will get stronger, I know exercising this simple response will help win one battle at a time.
I have attached a graphic to be saved on your phone. Something we can STOP-DROP-and READ, MEDITATE, and PRAY. The Word of God, our sword, our defensive and offensive weapon in our armor – it must be used if you are to be a Warrior for Christ.