Archive for June, 2011
As I scanned one of my children’s closets, I questioned why I had been hanging on to a dress that I hadn’t put on any of my girls for years. Of course, you know how it goes, one thought leads to the next.
I then wondered why I hang on to many things around the house . You know the kind of things that I mean. Things that I may never need or use, but hang on to just in case that moment ever comes where I find myself needing it. That moment never arrives for at least ninety percent of those items!
That thought rather uncomfortably led to the next thought.
Why do I hang on to certain unhelpful memories and thoughts that clutter up my brain?
Surely my mind is far more valuable than my home and my cupboards and my closets!
Surely I should be cleaning it out, and not letting it get cluttered up with thoughts that I shouldn’t even be hanging on to!
Some of those thoughts I hang on to actually serve me only in a negative sense! In actual fact, they can at times bring destruction! They can prevent the progress of a relationship with someone, or hinder my relationship with God.
Why do I hang on to so many things and thoughts that I don’t need?
As I pondered this, I realized that this is likely why we are exhorted to take every thought captive to obedience to Christ.
“Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ” 2 Cor 10:5
Some of those thoughts that float around and are quietly pondered in my mind are in desperate need of being taken captive and jailed!
Or even capital punished if truth be told!
You know the kind of thoughts I mean. Those thoughts that tear you down or tear down someone else. The thoughts that convince you that everything is worse than it actually is. Judgemental thoughts, self-condemning thoughts, bitter thoughts, self-pity thoughts, thoughts that are filled with annoyance. The thoughts that are full of nothing but pure negativity! They serve no good purpose and are destructive to your joy and peace! Not only that, but thoughts like that prove an attitude exists that lacks gratitude. They are the thoughts that forget the truth about who we are and what we have in Christ!
Time for me to quit hanging on to junk and junky thoughts! Time to start taking some captors!
Look out useless thoughts, the jail guard is on duty and ready to lock up all you useless, destructive thoughts! No more thoughts running rampant expressing themselves in my mind allowed! No more junk hanging on to my brain space! I am taking every thought captive, and monitoring all my self-talk into obedience to Christ! God will certainly be my very present help in this endeavour!