Take captive your thoughts - JJ Landis
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Take captive your thoughts

 

I woke up too early. I tripped down the stairs and lay flat on the floor to stretch my perpetually sore back and sleep a few more minutes (a lot more minutes).

 

Once I was in the exquisite, almost-asleep-fluffy-cloud-unicorn-rainbow state of mind where life is at its best…

 

Bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

 

The buzz of a mosquito interrupted my zen floor moment.

 

My happy balloon popped and I flailed my arms around, break-dance style, trying to swat the pest.

 

Darn mosquito! Disrupting my back-stretching sleep! Gah!

 

The power of that buzz was much stronger than my will. The nagging little insect had complete control of me – to prevent my sleep, to force me into motion.

 

My thoughts control me from time to time too.

 

I obsess over insignificant details that suck out my energy. I become embittered by a passing comment never meant to injure me, which makes me furious at everyone and no one. I summon any manor of self-loathing and savor it while I miss the sweetness of life.

 

This morning with my mosquito, I chose to get up and out. I surrendered my sleep for healthier avenues. I won the battle.

 

Another way to victory would have been to hunt the insect and smash it.

 

Either way, I was not going to lie there and take the disruptive buzzing. I was the boss of the situation!

 

When negativity takes my mind hostage, I must remember I am victorious in Christ Jesus.

 

Just because a thought sprouts does not mean it must grow.

 

With God, I have strength and power.

 

I am able to take captive every thought that is not true! Tedious, energy-sapping details; bitterness and anger; self-hate – these are not healthy things to think about.

 

2 Corinthians 10:5: 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.


3 Comments
  • Stephanie
    Posted at 09:23h, 08 September Reply

    Amen! I was grateful to learn this past year about neuroplasticity. We actually can change the pathways in our brain by changing our thoughts. I can stay in the negative grooves or build positive new highways. For me, this is only possible with God’s power and not by the force of my own will. If I try to do it on my own, I usually make things worse. When I surrender to His will, it’s so much better and the change can happen… and it DOES! Thanks for such an uplifting post to start the day!

  • Peggy
    Posted at 10:37h, 25 August Reply

    JJ — Even though I don’t always comment, please know that I always read and ENJOY your writing. I’m extremely impressed by your talent, and sometimes what you write really resonates with me. Keep up the good work and know that I’m reading, even if I’m not writing!! xoxoxo Peg

    • JJ Landis
      Posted at 10:45h, 25 August Reply

      Thanks Peg!!!

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