Thursday, April 06

Managing Your Thoughts : Part 2

How do you manage thoughts? Did I leave the stove on? Does my child have lice? Yes... crap, what do I do now…did “whoever” take what I told them the wrong way? Is the world ending this year, do we have enough organics in our diet? Do these jeans make me look fat? How do I love and care for my aging parents and guide my teenagers successfully though this season? Did I take my hormones today? Ok, those aren’t your questions those are mine in 30 seconds, but you certainly have your own right? Yes. You get the point. 

Our thoughts can manage us or we can manage them. Your dome, dear one, can only support so much. Your life can bend and break under the weight of it all. You only have so many hours in the day and only so much physical and emotional energy to give. Guiding and protecting your thoughts are important because they preserve your heart and soul, and keep your body functioning at capacity.  


Healthy capacity is what keeps us alive, productive, healthy and happy. Capacity is the maximum amount that something or someone can contain. It is the state of being free from illness or injury, while we are functioning in that capacity…. wholeness. God wants you functioning at Healthy Capacity - one thought at a time. 


2 Corinthians 10:5 puts it like this: “…casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and brining into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” 


Captivity is the condition of being imprisoned or confined.  Putting your thoughts in a holding cell, and processing them through God’s TSA will allow for some safe journeying! Allowing thoughts to process, stay or proceed will save you a lot of time and energy. Asking the question “What do I NOT give my thoughts to today, is equally as important as “what DO I give my thoughts today”?  Sometimes you have to make a choice to ignore a good thought as much as a bad one, because a good thought is not always a right choice. If it’s not within your healthy capacity, it will quickly become the wrong choice. 


Wake up each morning believe that God doesn’t give you more than you can bear. Give him all that you can is ALWAYS the right thought and it’s a simple solution to a complex problem… “stinking thinking”. To think or not to think, it is the question we all should ask. 


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