Stinkin' Thinkin'

Written by Saginaw Chaplain Susan Hand

“Do not be conformed to this world…but be transformed by the renewal of your mind.” Romans 12:2

Keeping our mind active is important for our overall health. But the way we think actually determines how we live and who we are. That’s why we need to think about what we’re thinking about.

Are you thinking about life-giving things or that which tears you down? It’s called stinkin’ thinkin’ if its tearing you down. Renewing our active minds is an ongoing process. Every day we need to take time to study the Word so we can purposely think according to what it says which is life-giving. God wants the very best for us. When we think about those things that tear us down, it keeps us from the best God has for us. I’m not saying we have to be perfect with this, but we need to make progress each day so we can keep our mind renewed and grow in our relationship with God.

One practical way we can accomplish this is to have a think session every day. Just sit down and say, “I’m going to think about some things on purpose.” Then spend some time thinking about scriptures that renew your mind with the truth about what God says – about His love for you, His plan for you, how He wants you to live and behave... I want to encourage you to write some of them down and put them places where you will see them every day, like the bathroom mirror or your TV.

If you will commit to set your mind on God’s Word, renewing your mind with truth and getting stinkin’ thinkin’ out of your way, then you will experience the fullness of new life that we can all have in Christ. All it takes is a little more progress one day at a time.

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Earlier this year, Samaritas was under investigation by the state for allegations of abuse in our emergency shelter in Grand Rapids. We opened this shelter 26 months earlier for children from Central America crossing the border fleeing from horrible condition; we were asked to take in Afghan youth when there was no other place for them to go after the crisis in Afghanistan occurred. We accepted 19 youth in response to this request and our long-term commitment to help youth to the greatest extent possible at the time of their greatest need. Samaritas was one of several similar emergency shelters across the country asked to take in these refugee youth.

Due to the severe level of trauma they had endured, many of them required intensive therapy and counseling. As a result of the growing concern we had for the depth and breadth of those needs of the youth and the safety of our team, we made the decision to work with our referring partners to move the youth to other programs where they could access the higher level of trauma-informed care, supervision, and medical attention that they required. Due to state and federal oversight of our programs, we are unable to share specific details of the investigation but we were cleared of any abuse allegations by the state and all youth were transferred to appropriate residential placements where they could receive the care they needed. Samaritas continues to be a state and federal leader in refugee resettlement, including refugee foster care.

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