This morning I woke up a little late. Usually, I wake up to my desk lamp on, Pandora playing lightly in the background, accompanied with my typical side roll to look at my phone and check my notifications. But this morning was oddly different. I woke up to a completely dark room. I didn’t look over and check my phone. I didn’t think about what I was going to wear to church today or what homework I was going to do later this evening. I literally just laid there in my bed under the covers. I wasn’t laying there too lazy to get out of bed,…I was laying there just thinking. Thinking about my past,thinking about things that have angered me,thinking about people and situations that are of no value to me. One thought led to another, and then I became angry. Before I knew it, I was crying. It was terrible. I felt so helpless and so strangled in my own cobweb of frustration. But after releasing all of that emotion, I remembered one of my favorite verses, Proverbs 4:23. It reads “Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts.” Proverbs 4:23 (GNTA).
Our thoughts are SO powerful. They are the sole source to our happiness as well as our despair. So many of us are slaves to our discouraging thoughts and the thoughts of others. I will be the first to attest that life is not always easy, and at times, we face situations and heartaches that can cause us to feel dark and alone. We are constantly in a war with our flesh and our thoughts are the weapon that keep us in bondage. They cause us to do things out of our character and believe ridiculous and irrational lies about ourselves. In order to combat the effects of these negative thoughts, a lot of times we seek for things such as worldly validation, unhealthy relationships, and other quick fixes to try and fill the emptiness that WE are causing ourselves. But when those dark thoughts creep in, we have to remember to stay grounded in positivity and things that are of Him. We have to use God’s word as a tool to keep our minds nourished with encouragement and strength. The enemy derives joy in making us feel like there is no hope and that our trials will last forever, but this verse reminded me of the power that God has given us to find light in the darkest of corners. Always think of things that will bring joy to His kingdom as well as things that will make you a better and stronger person. Don’t allow the enemy to fill your head with lies and corruption that steal your joy because he will only do it if YOU allow it. Only embrace thoughts that will strengthen you, fulfill you, and sharpen you as a vessel for greatness! You are what you think! Your thoughts control every move in your life, think wisely. ☺ Happy Sunday!