Do you do this? Regularly? Yeah, me either.
One of my bible study readings this morning discussed how we should hold our thoughts to higher standards, that we are often times haunted by thoughts that are in no way validated or true.
“You are not liked.”
“Who are you to think you could do that?”
“Why did you say that? Everyone thinks you’re annoying (or stupid).”
“Your kids just illustrated every inadequacy you have as a mom.”
“You are invisible.”
"No one cares."
Maybe not these specifically but probably some similar creep into the tiny crevices of our mind and pop into our thoughts far too often. How dare we?!?!
We are to think on, ponder and park our minds on constructive thoughts—not destructive thoughts. Thoughts that build up not tear down. Thoughts that breathe life not drain the life from us. Thoughts that lead to goodness not anxiety.
So, here are three questions we’d do well to ask ourselves when thoughts are dragging us down. (This I stole from my bible study. I couldn't have said it better :-)
1. Did someone actually say this or am I assuming they are thinking it?
If they actually said it, deal with it then. If I’m assuming it, that’s unfair to them and unnecessarily damaging to me. Instead of staying anxious, I need to seek truth by seeking God and asking Him for peace.
(Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.)
2. Have I been actively engaging with truth lately?
The more we read God’s truths and let truth fill our mind, the less time we’ll spend contemplating untruths.
Thinking run-away, worrisome thoughts invites anxiety. Thinking thoughts of truth wraps my mind in peace and helps me rise above my circumstances.
(And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.)
3. Are certain situations or friendships feeding my insecurities?
If so, maybe I need to take a break from these for a season.
I need to seek friendships that are characterized by truth, honor, and love.
(Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.)
Heavens, this is not easy. I know these issues can be more complicated than three simple questions. But holding our thoughts accountable is a fantastic place to start!
God's Word tells us, what we think dictates how we live and who we are. Then ladies, may we think upon and live out truth—and only truth today.
Dear Lord, reveal to me untruths throughout my day that can so easily distract and discourage me. Help me see You and Your truth in all I do. You have taught that only Your truth will set me free. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
All is Grace,