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. II Corinthians 10:5
Writing our story, or beginning the idea of expressing our journey, does several things for us. As I mentioned yesterday, writing, or other forms of expression, such as speaking to others, art, etc. are ways that we get those ideas that are in our head out to the rest of the world. In doing so, we are processing those thoughts, that is, as the Bible calls it, taking our thoughts captive. To me, that is awareness, or mindfulness – being aware that we are aware. Sounds complicated, but we do it all the time if we take just a moment to reflect on “what am I thinking right now?” “how am I feeling right now? “what is my attitude right now?”
We need to slow down our thoughts, and that is not easy. For some people, it is extremely hard, especially during the “racing thoughts” times of anxiety. There are other clinical conditions such as Bipolar Disorder, PTSD, and others, where professional help and medication may be necessary to help deal with racing thoughts. However, I am discussing today, the typical flood of thoughts that sometimes makes us feel out of control.
The habit of being aware of those thoughts, then examining them in the light of truth is important. So often, the thoughts that we have are simply not true. We are capable of a lot of irrational thinking without really realizing it as being irrational. However, negative thoughts such as “I’m worthless”; “nobody really loves me”; “everything I do fails”; or “I know today is going to be terrible”- are examples of irrational thinking.
So, we need to become aware of our current thinking, then take the thoughts captive and examine them in the light of truth. Doing something external, such as expressing those thoughts and feelings, gives us control of them. We are forced to examine those thoughts and feelings in the light of expression which takes another part of our brain to be activated.
So, we need to step back and take our thoughts captive- to speak truth to them. God has made us in his image, he cares for us, and wants us to be in communication with him. Our own thoughts, unchecked, can lead us to places of despair. The truth however, sets us free.
Prayer: Father, thank you for the gift of mindfulness. Centered upon your truth, it sets us free, Amen.