64 Thoughts

“Thoughts have the power to destroy us or bring us life.”*

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

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

Perfectionism springs from our thoughts.  We decide what we want.  We make a plan.  We plot a course.  We figure out how we are going to get what we want.  When something interferes with our plan, we think all is lost or we attempt to blast through until we get our way.  If we fail, we blame ourselves.  We think that if we could have just come up with a better plan or else executed it better, we would have succeeded.  We think that it is all up to us to make ourselves succeed, and success is the highest attainment.

We need to change our thoughts.  We need to find Truth and let go of error.  We need the Word of God as our basis of truth rather than our system of perfectionism.  We created this system in our own minds; the Bible came from the mind of the Master Designer.

How do we change or take captive every thought?  Marguex and I were listening to a speaker who said trying to block thoughts does not work; the thoughts continue to exist in our brains.  Rather, we need to think new thoughts that then replace the old.  We need to give power over to truth in our minds (Jesus is the Truth).  We need to see truth as valuable.  What’s more, we need to get excited about truth!  We need to be enthusiastic about truth and give it affective vigor.*  I see an analogy in lawn care.  Fertilizer and water will make grass grow so that it crowds out the weeds.

The speaker continued to explain that our brains are naturally programmed to forget some things while remembering other things.  Weak thoughts are eaten away while strong thoughts are kept.  This occurs during our sleep.  The glial cells in our brains eat away the weak connections.  If we want to remember something, we need to form strong connections by having strong emotions about the thoughts we want to keep.  Strong emotions create strong connections in our thoughts.*

Think of something in your life that was intense.  How well do you remember it?  If you remember it well, it was because that event aroused strong emotions in you at the time.  Normally, everyday events do not provoke such strong emotion and so are difficult to remember long term.  Do you remember what you ate last week or last month?  If it was at a special event, you might remember because of the strong emotions you had with the event.  I remember almost 17 years later what I ate at our groom’s dinner: pepper steak.  I have already forgotten what I ate last week.

We need God’s truth to permeate our lives.  Verses that relate to our experiences in life elicit positive emotions.  We need to be open to God’s work through these positive feelings so that the word becomes deeply ingrained in us.  We need to focus on Who God is; think about His love as we reflect on His word.  Strong emotions associated with His word will help us to remember it.

Rejoicing in thoughts of heaven,

Noah Woodrich

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