We have thousands and thousands of thoughts each day. We think about what we will wear, what we will eat, what route we will take to work, what we’ll prepare for dinner, how to juggle the crazy schedule on Saturday, or how we need to call an agency or a friend. We are surrounded by information that is good, bad, shocking, or overwhelming. And then we have thoughts about ourselves: Are we good enough? Are we smart enough? Are we capable? Are we strong enough? If we don’t rein in our thoughts, they will run rampant and take us along for the ride.
It’s important to think about what you’re thinking about. Your thoughts matter. Have you ever noticed that if your mind is full of negative, depressing thoughts that it’s not long before you feel depressed and have a negative attitude? Your feelings, attitudes, and words will follow your thoughts; and as a Christian, you want to change your thinking so that it lines up with what God says.
Philippians 4:8 says, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”
Now, changing your thinking isn’t easy, but it is possible. It requires being intentional. Many times thoughts just come flying into your head, but you have to analyze them to make sure that they are on track with Philippians 4:8. You can choose your thoughts. How?
Second Corinthians 10:5 says, “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” That’s it! If you have a thought that is not godly (not “obedient to Christ”), then capture that thought and replace it with one that is godly and pleasing to God.
For example, if a thought comes into your head about saying something rude to your neighbors because their dog keeps messing in your yard, is that a noble, pure thought? No, it isn’t. So you capture that thought and “make it obedient to Christ” by choosing to say something kind instead. This may be a simple example, but you get the idea. When you change your thoughts, you change your attitude, feelings, and words, and you’ll discover that you’re enjoying life a lot more because of it.