I think too much… In fact, sometimes it’s so bad that I can be mid-conversation with someone yet find myself more engaged with my internal dialogue than what they’re saying.
I battle thoughts like:
“I really hope they like me.”
“Do I look successful?”
“I hope I measure up.”
“I bet the grass is greener over there…”
“Benji, don’t say anything awkward.”
The extreme nagging my brain consistently berates me with is exhausting.
It has cost me potential friendships.
It has cost me opportunities for a good time.
It has cost me sleep.
The mental drain, the mind games, they need to stop.
If you agree and you find yourself in a similar predicament, maybe you’ll understand this as well… Do you ever know you aren’t thinking good thoughts but you simply have no good next step? Maybe you’ve identified this problem, but haven’t found a solution.
I’ve been there far too often. I have felt the mind games taxing my mood and energy, my relationships and career, yet I’m left simply scratching my head hoping I can think better thoughts tomorrow.
In recent months, as I’ve worked to find resolution, I have found solace in these two passages of scripture:
“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” (2 Corinthians 10:5).
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things” (Philippians 4:8).
What would it look like to take every thought captive and make it obedient to Christ? How much better could life be if we would sift through our thoughts and block the negativity? The insecurity? The restlessness?
What if in place of these things, we intentionally chose to grow gardens of purity, admiration, blessing, and courage!
If I believe that I am called by God-here and now-for a purpose, that must infiltrate my thought-life. In order to live out our God intended mission, our minds must be set on things above…
A heavenly mentality is required to accomplish a heavenly mission.
What is born in our mind, will infiltrate our hearts and bear fruit in our actions. It is common to approach our thoughts like a lazy river, expecting a natural influx of great, admirable, righteous, positive, and encouraging thoughts. Maybe you are better at this whole Christian thing than me… but I don’t naturally end up in those thought patterns. Prayer is required as well as work.
How do you think about your life? Your family? Your work?
How do you think about your day?
Maybe it is less about what is happening to us and more about how we choose to respond. The response starts in our mentality. How you think about a situation will determine how you feel about it; how you feel about it will determine how you act.
I’ll leave you with one more verse:
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will” (Romans 12:2).
The renewing of our minds will produce transformation. The transformation we are after is only found in Jesus. Start there. Pray and give God your thought patterns, your mentality, your mind games.
My prayer is that we would be transformed, that our thought patterns would be built in Christ and his goodness.
By: Benji Block