Updated: Oct 22, 2019
Grace and Peace to you!!
Today’s Uplift: “Help! My Thoughts Are Depressing me!”
Proverbs 4:23 “Be careful what you think, because your thoughts run your life.”
You know they are there, but you do your best to ignore them and deny their existence. They control how you feel in the morning and when you close your eyes at night. They often cause your emotions to feel out of control, making you feel completely out of control too. They dictate how you react to situations or conversations. They often cause you to feel offended, angry or hurt, whether it was truly justified or not. They never cease to remind you of your shortcomings and flaws, make you feel inferior and without value, and they constantly try to pull you down with discouragement or hopelessness, stealing your peace and joy. So just who are “they,” you ask? Well they’re YOUR thoughts!
Life can be unusually hard for many of us due to some painful and unfortunate situations, and as a result, your negative thoughts can start running your life. You certainly didn’t want to feel sad, but your thoughts stayed consumed with all the things that make you sad; you don’t want to feel unhappy, but your thoughts constantly drift toward unhappy circumstances; you don’t want to feel discouraged or fearful, but your heart can feel so
heavy. Your negative thoughts can weigh down not only your emotions, but your total outlook on life. In fact, your thoughts can often make you feel as if you are sinking mentally, emotionally — and at times, even spiritually.
Our scripture today gives us wise advice on dealing with thoughts: “Be careful what you think, because your thoughts run your life” (Proverbs 4:23). This passage was written by King Solomon for the benefit of his own sons. When you read this chapter, you will notice that although Solomon was the king of Israel, he didn’t focus on advising about royal matters like how to handle money, job responsibilities or the best tips for leading the kingdom. Instead, he spoke of more important things such as the value of controlling their thoughts, which
determined how his sons felt and lived. The quality of our thoughts will always determine the quality of our life.
Whatever our minds focus on is what will play out in our lives and eventually shape who we are. Our thoughts turn into feelings that have the power to control our lives, gradually steering us — and possibly our faith — in a direction we don’t want to go in. King Solomon knew this to be true and counsels us to be careful about what we think and feel. He knew it’s often our thoughts, not our circumstances, which cause us to sink.
Our thoughts have the power to run our lives, controlling our words and actions, feelings and emotions — even our peace and happiness. When disappointment crush our dreams, when people hurt or anger us, or when problems seem overwhelming, it’s easy to get caught in the rip current of negative thoughts. And when we think negative thoughts, we feel negative feelings, leading us to believe life is negative overall.
When you are in a season of negative thinking, emotional breakdowns and just overall a low point and your thoughts are running wild, go to Jesus and repent. Tell Him the truth of how you have allowed emotionally-fueled thoughts to steal your joy, your hope and your faith. Embrace His truth that just because your circumstances weren’t positive didn’t mean you couldn’t be. You have to choose happiness and choose to be positive. Overcomer, when you intentionally change your thoughts, your life will change as well.
Lord, there are times that I feel as if I’m drowning in my attitude and thought patterns, even in my faith. Forgive me for letting negativity have power over how I feel, think and live. Please fill me with a fresh breath of optimism and hope today. Give me wisdom to control my attitude, and help me learn to transform my thoughts, heart and life and stay focused on You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Be Optimistic; Be Open Minded; Be an Overcomer!!