Father in heaven, may these words reach our hearts and minds in just the way You want them to. In Jesus name, Amen.
Baby it’s cold outside! It’s only 8 degrees where I am. So pull up a chair and let’s gather together here at the table and get warm. Grab a hot drink and let’s chat.
Do you find yourself dwelling on a negative thought or two or a thousand? Maybe something isn’t going right at work. Maybe your spouse has done something that made you upset and you just can’t seem to let it go. Maybe your child hasn’t made the kind of choices you would like them to. Maybe someone has been overly critical of you or your family.
Whatever your situation might be, it can bring with it a host of negative thoughts that will (if we let them) plague us all day and all night. Have you been there?
I have had a situation that has been doing just that, plaguing me for far too long. Although words can definitely hurt us, often times more then those proverbial sticks and stones, we have the choice to take them captive and lock them up. I have been pondering and pacing, wondering and worrying, grousing and groaning about a particular set of events that have gone on for quite some time. A person who has made me feel… not so good. A situation that has sometimes kept me up at night. Words that have given me stomach pains. You know what I mean right?
I talked with trusted friends who I knew would give me spiritual and biblical council. I complained to God about it. I shared with my husband my feelings about it. But I felt very recently, God whisper something to me in such a gentle but sort of heartbroken way.
“I wish you thought about me as much as you think about that.”
Ouch. I had done all the human responses to a circumstance but I hadn’t taken my thoughts captive. I just have been letting them run roughshod over my spiritual life.
2 Corinthians 10:5 “We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God and take every thought captive to obey Christ.”
You see all the arguments the enemy wants to make for why we should be continually angry at or about someone or something, will be destroyed when we take our thoughts captive. Negative thoughts are only in OUR heads, therefore they are only hurting us. They only keep US up at night, they only give US a stomach ache, they only make US short tempered…
Our energy needs to be put into our family, our ministry, our relationships, our jobs…
When these negative thoughts tried to push open the door of my mind, I just reminded them that they were no longer welcome and asked God to help me place my mind on more worth while things. Things like what good friends I have, what an amazingly loving husband I have, how my adult children still want to go to church, the ministries God has asked me to carry.
I want to do a variation of this that works for my circumstance but I think a blessing box is a great tool to keep our negative thoughts captive. When we are dwelling to much on a particular hurt, we go to our blessing box and pull out one of the many slips of paper we have placed in it with our blessings on them, and remind ourselves of the positive things in our lives. I’m such a crafting nut that I love the idea of hand making our own personalized boxes and even making an “on-the-go” version to keep in our purse or car or desk. Will you make one with me? Let’s be intentional about taking those negative thoughts captive.