2 Corinthians 10:5
"We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ."
You know it is not honoring God to go around with nagging, negative feelings always thinking that something is wrong or about to go wrong. If you don't experience these feelings often, you probably know someone who does. Often these individuals don't know why they do it, but they tend to think that things are never going to work out well. Their minds are always centered on the worst catastrophe. It is almost as though there is a black cloud following them around. This type of attitude will keep them away from believing the good things of God.
The Bible teaches us to "cast down every negative thought and every wrong imagination. (2 Corinthians 10:5) Yet it is so easy for us to slip into assuming the worst. I know a simple pain in my side can set my mind whirling to the infinite medical possibilities associated with it. "Oh, NO! That must be cancer, a distant aunt died from pancreatic cancer." Before I know it, I've allowed my mind to go running wild, and I am seeing myself in all kinds of negative scenarios. The sad part is, our brains are so connected to our bodies, and many times those negative things will land in our lap.
During this time of mind mania we must stop and make a decision. Am I going to dwell on that lie and allow that fear to have its way with me? Or will I be disciplined in my thought life and do what the Scripture says? The Bible says, "Fix your thoughts on what is true and honorable and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise." (Philippians 4:8)
But what if that gloom and doom persona is in someone you know? At times they come at you like black holes just sucking the life out of you. You try to stay positive and remain strong but their negativity just drains you, too. The first step is to become aware of these people and the second step is to just smile and stay detached in the situation. Quickly begin planning an exit strategy as you smile. Then leave when they take a breath to re evaluate what they are saying. At this point they are trying to figure out how they can justify their intense feelings to you.
If you have a tendency to harp on intense emotional catastrophes try the following steps:
- Every time a thought that produces a negative emotion pops into your head, contemplate the origin of this thought and question the validity of it. Remember that beliefs are nothing more than repeated thoughts, so question your beliefs as well.
- Once you’re aware of a negative story in your head, replace it with its positive counterpart.
- Surround yourself with peaceful, uplifting stimuli. Instead of going out to the bar to yell to be heard and to get drunk, meet up with friends for dinner and make real connections. Instead of watching the disasters in the news, go out for a walk in nature.
- Think of your current relationships, and define whether some of those people are feeding negative programs to your subconscious mind. Send the toxic people away from your life, and welcome those who share your values and love you for who you really are.
Changing the crazy thoughts in your head requires attention and practice, but once you’ve made progress, you’ll notice how amazing life turns out to be. As Dr. Wayne Dyer says, “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”
This Week's Meditation:
I am not worried about ______________ for the reason I think. I know this is fear trying to take over.
Say this several times each day when a thought brings on the feeling of dread. We create our own demise. Realize these thoughts mean nothing.