I’m going to briefly share a concept I believe God gave me a long time ago about how to “keep our thoughts” captured as written in II Corinthians 10:5. Most Christians know this verse but very few know how to do it. Just try to talk yourself into not thinking certain thoughts almost guarantees that you will.
So years ago when I was fighting depression, in particular without medication, I learned this technique. I will be sharing this at depressionsgift.com as well. But seeing as how it works for me now on what I consider just some “bad days” I’m sharing it here as well.
I used this technique just this morning during my devotional time. I was thinking about some people and situations that are troubling me. Because I’m dealing with some physical challenges right now, I’m not at my best emotionally. I need all my emotional reserves to stay on track while wearing these darn braces. So here’s pretty much what I prayed:
“Lord, you know there are some big things going on now. I’m bothered by _____and _____ but I don’t feel this is a good time for me to face them. So I’m putting these troubling thoughts in the box I keep reserved just for you. I’m asking you to keep them until I feel stronger emotionally. You know I’ll come back and ask for that box at the right time and then you and I can “talk” about my concerns.” This is my way of asking God to help me “keep my thoughts “captured” through visual imagery.
I use this method anytime I know that introspection would be unhealthy for me. I’ve learned that there is a time to think about things and a time NOT to think about things. It took a while for me to differentiate between the two but I’m pretty good at it now.
I hope this inspires you to be creative and develop a way to keep your thoughts at bay that works well for you. Of course, you may try my approach as well.
- Is There Anything That We Should Not Thank God For? (gameofeternity.org)
- Monday Mediation “God has a Plan” (igetgivegrow.com)
- Waiting Patiently For The Best, Evans Olang (magnifyhisword.wordpress.com)