Journey toward Wholeness Re-blog #16, December 23, 2020 (First Published March 28, 2018)
Day by day, I’m still learning on this journey toward wholeness. I struggle with lessons in many areas including the area of corralling wild thoughts. Thankfully, God hasn’t given up on me.
The “wild thoughts” don’t cause as big a problem now as they did a couple of years back. At that time, one thought triggered others which went in a dozen different directions–all scary or sad. I remembered a phrase from 2 Corinthians 10:5, “taking every thought captive to the obedience of Jesus Christ.” The New Living Translation puts the phrase into these words: “We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ.” I couldn’t seem to capture my rebellious, tangled thinking. But I’m learning–
Medicine helps. Practicing focus on verses or passages of the Bible helps. Also prayer, And just speaking the thought or thoughts out loud and saying, “Jesus, I’m bringing this thought/ these thoughts captive to You. Please help me now to think about things that are true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, or praiseworthy (Philippians 4:8)”–this makes a difference sometimes too.
2 responses to “Still Learning”
I read somewhere recently that our thoughts are the “software” that runs our lives. I’m paraphrasing that, but the thought fits very well with what you’ve said here. One of the biggest things that impacted my life was to replace the thoughts of what the world was saying about me with what Jesus was saying about me thanks to a really great book titled “Who I Am In Christ” by Neil T. Anderson.
That sounds like a great book. I’m going to see about getting one. Thanks for commenting.