2 years ago, I was driving out of the local Target parking lot and was heading to my next errand stop (I honestly don't remember where that was, but it doesn't matter to the story!). My mind was going a mile a minute (as is pretty normal for me) and I made a wrong turn. I decided that rather than making a U-turn, I would go down to the next street and go around the block. Well, that decision changed my life. I ended up in a car accident that totaled our minivan. That day made a difference in my life, in my husband's life, in the teenagers of our church's lives. That choice changed things.
When I think about how it all went down, it makes me realize how much my thoughts impact my life. I mean, if I would've been thinking about what I was suppose to be doing, I wouldn't have turned the wrong way. I never would've been behind the woman who stopped in the intersection. I never would've slammed into her. But, because my mind was wandering it changed the course of my life.
Sometimes, my thoughts take me places I definitely don't want to be.
One thought about how much better someone else has it - leads me down a path to an ungrateful heart.
One thought about how unappreciated I feel - it leads to a path full of resentment & anger.
One thought about how unattractive I am - it leads to a path full of lies about myself that makes my heart sad and lonely.
I know I can physically learn to control my tongue and my actions (although it's still a daily battle for me!), but it's really hard for me to control my wandering thoughts.
So, I claim 1 Corinthians 10:5 and ask God to help me in the battle for my thoughts.
1 Corinthians 5:10
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.