It got me to thinking...
The human brain is an amazing thing, and yet at the same time, it can sometimes feel like our undoing.
Thinking thoughts... always thinking.
Good thoughts, happy memories, dreams and positivity.
But all to often...
Angry mental tirades, regrets, worry and negative thinking.
Thoughts seem to come out of nowhere, and in the past few days I've been burdened by thoughts that are bringing me down and I can't explain why these things have popped up. Every time these unwelcome thoughts enter my mind, I pray they would just as quickly leave. And when they return, I pray again.
Where do thoughts come from and how do we manage our thought life?
Scripture says to "take every thought captive" (2 Corinthians 10:5)... That came to mind right away, and I believe it! I also believe that in order to get rid of ugly thoughts, I need to replace them with positive things.
So I searched biblegateway.com.
thoughts, think, mind...
The Bible has much to say on these topics!
The book of Romans contrasts a mind set on fleshly desires (worldly things) vs. a mind set on spiritual things and describes the mind as the starting point of my actions. (Romans 8:5) It also challenges me to "renew" my mind (Romans 12:2), for that is the way to true transformation to becoming more like Christ.
When Colossians 3:2 tells me to "set my mind on things above," does it mean to think about pearly gates and streets of gold?
I guess that could be part of it, but I think it's more about training myself not to dwell on unlovely thoughts. By that I don't mean unconfessed sin or something of that nature (because those things would need to be dealt with before the Lord), but anything that is untrue or discouraging - things that make me feel like a failure, or unloveable.
When unexpected thoughts come into my mind, I shoo them away by replacing them with Truth! I remind myself of Who God is and what He has done in my life and in the world. I look to the Word or sing praise songs to His name. I fix my heart and mind on the saving work of Jesus. I recite one of the verses I haven't forgotten (Phil 4:8).
I don't know why these thoughts come in when they are never entertained for long and are certainly not welcome - you'd think they'd get the hint! But I do believe Isaiah 26:3 is true:
You will keep in perfect peace
those whose minds are steadfast,
because they trust in you.
And so I trust, I train myself to focus on His good and I thank God for a reasonably sound mind (most days!)
How do you keep yourself from drowning in your thoughts?