Many of us collect something. Some of us collect many kinds of things. However, sometimes we collect things unintentionally, especially in our thoughts.
For years, I was at the mercy of my thoughts. Since I didn’t manage them, they had me by the tail, and with the slightest hint of a storm, I was tossed around like a leaf in autumn.
My negative mindset led to many decisions that left me in a mess. Our thoughts lead to our attitudes, which dictate our decisions and direct our destiny.
For years I was heading further and further away from my God-given destiny because I was collecting negative thoughts.
I have always enjoyed collecting souvenirs from memories and trips. Recently my hubby and I have begun collecting “souvenirs” from moments we have seen God’s hand at work in our lives.
These memories are so much more valuable to us because they remind us of God’s faithfulness and intimacy. We find these “collections” help us manage our thoughts when negative mindsets come sliding back in or bang us around in a storm.
What we collect in our thoughts is in many ways a matter of life or death. Healthy thoughts that are grounded in truth are like medicine to our souls, minds, and hearts; unhealthy thoughts are literally toxic.The good news is that we get to manage our thoughts, so that they don’t manage us.
Here is a short list of how you can do that every day.
- In the morning, go over your schedule and ask God to keep you aware of places you might be vulnerable to negative thinking.
- In the evening, reflect on your day looking for negative self-talk. When you’ve been doing this awhile, you will become aware of your negative thought patterns. Reflect with the Lord on the roots of those thoughts and forgive yourself and others.
- Finally, ask God to replace the negative with the truth, either about yourself or about others.
Collecting healthy mindsets allows us to live on purpose.
Word for the day:
We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ... (2 Corinthians 10:5)
Father God, I confess my mind is a battlefield. I choose to examine every thought, so that it aligns with you. Help me to see forgiveness as a tool for my spiritual health and give me the courage to be honest with my heart and my mind.
Author: Anne Say