The other day my 3-year-old stayed dry all night, which of course is a source of great joy for both mama and child during the potty training stage. In my head, a little voice said, “good nights mean good mornings.” It made me chuckle a bit as I have not seen that commercial in an extremely long time, and it struck me how thoughts and ideas, how someone ELSE’s, thoughts and ideas, can stay stuck in our heads.
What is your jingle? What do you think about? What is your first response to stimulus? I know that I struggle a lot with playing old thoughts over and over. The negative ones seem the easiest to believe and the quickest to respond. But for those of us who believe in Christ, our thoughts should be of faith, of overcoming. We should be meditating on the goodness of God, on His promises, on who HE says we are!
Today I am going to take one “jingle” at a time and reprogram it – come up with a counter-response. It’s time that my thought life lines up with my beliefs and values. I AM worthy, I AM capable! I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me and if it doesn’t line up with what God says about me, I’m just gonna throw it out!
“Good thoughts mean everything.”
2 Peter 1:5-7 – Yea, and for this very cause adding on your part all diligence, in your faith supply virtue; and in your virtue knowledge; and in your knowledge self-control; and in your self-control patience; and in your patience godliness; and in your godliness brotherly kindness; and in your brotherly kindness love.
Self-control is a virtue that is seemingly disappearing from society at large. The trend is more towards individuals out to “get theirs” than to seek to maintain a level of discernment and modification. And yet when we master the art of self control, our lives find a balance unheard of among those walking in self-indulgence.
Self-control limits our caloric intake and finds us choosing physical fitness. It controls our tongues and enables us to manage our emotions before they help us choose a destructive response. We find our time more effectively spent and our relationships more fulfilling. When we are balanced and controlled, we not longer feel the need to control everything and everyone around us. This is true freedom!
All of God’s directives were presented as an opportunity to function at our greatest capacity; causing us to walk in greater fulfillment, and achieving our divine purpose. The most amazing thing about a relationship with our Creator is not only that He knows us and what we need, but He gives us the grace when our own limitations cause us to stumble in our journey.
Choose joy. Choose faith. Choose well.