With our busy, stressed out life it's easy for our thoughts to turn negative or unhealthy... allowing current events to bring worry and fear; doubting your self-worth; having sexual fantasies about people... the list could go on and on.
Let's find help for this troubling issue.
In the early days of my recovery, I struggled constantly with my thoughts. After living a destructive lifestyle of sexual addiction, using pornography and fantasy regularly, I had a lot of garbage in my mind that I wanted out. But the harder I tried not to think about them the more they came. I was trapped with my past in my brain.
Then God showed up! One day in 2005 I found a verse that literally saved my thought life.
Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you. ~ Philippians 4:8-9 NLTI wrote the verse on a 3x5 card and kept it with me all the time. Whenever a bad thought or image resurfaced I would pull out my card and recite it out loud. This is my confession:
I will think only on things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely admirable, excellent and praiseworthy!If my thought didn't fit into one of these categories it wasn't allowed! Somedays I had to recite this over and over and over and over to keep my mind free of unwanted thoughts.
We can't erase the memories we hold in our brain. As much as we want to we can't push the negative thoughts out. But we can put new thoughts in. We have the power and ability to create new memories, by putting positive thoughts and images in. The more good we put in, the more bad stuff gets pushed to the background. Until one day they seem to be gone. OK, sure if I want to recall a past image, it's definitely possible. The trick is not to allow those thoughts to surface long enough to bring all their baggage.
If there's one principle that was a turning point in my life journey, it is this:
THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU'RE THINKING ABOUT!
If you don't like what's in your thoughts -- put in some new things. You have the power to redecorate the rooms of your brain. Why not put pretty things there?
True... Noble... Right... Pure... Lovely... Admirable... Excellent... Praiseworthy...
Do your thoughts fit in these categories?
As an exercise to ground myself further, I did a word study on each of these categories. This was a great way to build them deeper into my mind and helped me tremendously.
If you're struggling with your thought life, I challenge you to follow my example for one week.
You won't be sorry!
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