Think About What You’re Thinkin’ About

I’ve been thinkin’ aboout what what I’ve been thinkin’ about. I know that sounds crazy, but I’m trying to monitor my thought life a bit. (Yes, G.W., there are things that go on in this head of mine!)

The mind is a powerful thing. It can take you down some winding roads. It can lead you into a murky swamp of poison or allow you to birth life-changing ideas with eternal consequences.

For instance, I know from personal experience the downward spiral negative thoughts can take:

  • Negative toward God – “God, if you really loved me, you wouldn’t have let me get into this mess…”
  • Toward church – “When I go, I just end up feeling worse than when I walked through the door.”
  • Toward the pastors – “Why doesn’t he preach on something I can relate to? I hate that song! Why do they keep playing it? Why is the music up so loud? Why didn’t they have the proper supervision there in the first place? Why don’t they just do it the way I told them to?”
  • Toward the programs of the church – “They never offer anything for me… things that I’m interested in.”
  • Toward the church leadership – “Look how they’re spending the money I give… I’m just throwing my money away.”
  • Toward the congregation – “Nobody came to visit me, or even called.”
  • Toward my wife – “She doesn’t understand, and never will.”
  • Toward my family – “Why don’t they ever call me?”
  • Toward myself – “I must be a lousy person, a lousy Christian, a lousy friend, a lousy husband and father, a lousy human being.”

Wow! You see what a downward spiral it can take!?!  

At the heart of the matter is selfishness. But to nip it in the bud, I need to think aboout what I’m thinkin’ about. Here’s what the apostle Paul says:

 3For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. 4The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:3-5)

Take every thought captive. The mind is a battlefield and the war is raging. Don’t succumb to the poison of negative thinking and a critical spirit. Instead,

8Finally, brothers, 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. (Philippians 4:8)

 

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About Tim Harrison

Saved by grace and living my faith out in the unshakeable Kingdom of God.
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