lately, i've been waging war with my thought life. it seems like something so small (especially if we never really act on our impulses or thoughts), but it's something i've been convicted of.
negative thoughts weigh us down.
when we begin to settle in unhappiness, it tends to allow us to drift from Christ and all the wonderful and beautiful things He has blessed us with.
"Finally, brothers, 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." -Philippians 4:8
my mind has been filled with anxieties about finances, the future, job struggles, relational woes...
...does Philippians 4:8 encompass any of that? Nope.
in fact, Jesus reminds us in His sermon on the mount that we are not to worry. about anything.
"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?
And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." -Matthew 6:25-34
"Not worrying" isn't exactly on my list of 'strengths' or 'things that come naturally' (like ninja or sarcasm, for instance ;)) but i'm taking a stand against all the negatives in my life. i do not want to be a "negative Nikki".
instead, i want to be a "positive Paul".
Paul was able to rejoice even among the midst of suffering and i must be willing to take on the same challenge.
"I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength." -Philippians 4:12-13
i want to bloom where i am planted.
i want to take my negative thoughts captive and turn them into rejoicing so that i may shine all the brighter for my Savior, Jesus Christ.
i'm taking the "Take Every Thought Captive" challenge this week.
will you join me?