When something is toxic, it’s poisonous; it can destroy you. When we go around dwelling on the wrong thoughts, thinking about what we can’t do or how we’ll never get ahead, those thoughts are toxic thoughts. Toxic thoughts left alone become like toxic waste that sinks into your heart. It will eventually contaminate your whole life. It affects your self-image. It affects your attitude, your level of confidence, and ultimately, your success. That’s why the scripture says to guard your heart because the condition of your heart and mind determine the condition of your whole life.
Make the decision today to detox any negative, self-defeating thoughts by meditating on God’s promises instead. Make the decision to detox bitterness, detox low self-esteem, detox negative words that may have been spoken over you, detox condemnation. Make the decision to dwell on what God says about you. God says, “You are forgiven.” God says, “Your best days are in front of you.” God says, “I’ll restore the years that the enemy has stolen.” As you detox your mind and fill your thoughts with His promises, you’ll see His hand of blessing on your life. You’ll rise up higher, and you’ll live the abundant life He has for you!
Having learnt a bit more about traditional Passover Seder meals recently
(ie, the actual traditional format for the Last Supper) - and even
participated in one - this is a lot closer to reality than da Vinci’s
famous painting, or all the other images that show only adult men. Women
and children both have specific roles in the Passover meal, + it wouldn’t
have taken place without them - imagine telling your family they weren’t
allowed to celebrate Christmas dinner with you - that’s how strange it
would be to have Passover without women + children. So I rather like this
painting. (although I do not agree with the group that commissioned it, but
that’s another matter, + shouldn’t be allowed to taint the beauty +
veracity of the art.)
"We can only think of Christ inclusively. Anyone who thinks of Christ exclusively, not for other people but against them, has not understood the reconciler of the world. And yet a narrow, personally-centered and church-centered Christianity does exist, with its tragic incapacity to discover Christ in the cosmos - an incapacity which has made it guilty of destroying nature through its refusal to give help where help was needed."
Jürgen Moltmann, ‘The Way of Jesus Christ: Christology in Messianic Dimensions’ (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1993), 276. (via scottxstephens