stop that train (of thought)
Thursday, February 17, 2011
I have been working on this for a very short time and haven't got it all figured out yet, but I KNOW that everything begins in the mind - all of our battles, all of our success begin with a thought.. so that is where we must begin..Weightloss doesn't start with calorie counting or exercise, but with the right mindset.
Yesterday, I spent (wasted) literally hours lost in thought, thinking negative, unproductive thoughts that left me feeling irritated. You would not believe how worked up I got.. so, after wasting a ton of time on this, I realized that I should have stopped the negativity right away! We should always stop negative thoughts or destructive thinking as soon as possible because it is easier to stop then, and can't do as much damage as it would if we just let it go on and on. Over and over in the bible we are warned that thoughts are powerful and we need to be careful what we think about.
During prayer last night, I was thinking on this, and the idea of a train came to mind.. like a wagon train that has to make its way from here to there.. The train starts out headed to its goal, but then gets a bit off-track - in order to get back on track it has to correct (refocus)..
In the case of thoughts (a train of thoughts), we have to first recognize that we are headed off course, then stop, and adjust.. this will take patience and practise but I am sure it will work! So, when I have a negative/destructive thought about eating, or about myself etc.. I need to stop.. what will stop me? I wondered. When Jesus was tempted in the desert, He fought off every attack with a bible verse.. A song would work too.. Sometimes it feels like we are thinking a million thoughts all at once, but the truth is, we can only ever hold ONE thought in our minds at a time, so we need to purposefully think of something else to stop the negative thoughts!
I chose the phrase "Jesus is Lord of all" and really focused on each word - who is Lord? Jesus. Of what? Of all my circumstances, of all my problems, of all my solutions, of everything in my life.. and this broke the wrong thought pattern.
But that is not enough - like the wagon train, to stop going in the wrong direction isn't enough - we need to get back on course - so, I thought that to do this I would think about my goals (wanting to lose weight, get fit) and how God is right here beside me, cheering me on, dreaming my dreams with me, wanting to see me succeed (because He does want to see His children happy!) .. and how I could do this with His help.. so, stop the wrong thinking, and then correct your course... THAT is how to reach your goals - develop a right mindset, refuse to think negative/destructive thoughts, (the mind is a TOOL - we need to control it, not let it control us!) refocus when you are off course..
"Have faith in the LORD your God and you will be upheld" 2 Chronicles 20:20
"As long as he sought the LORD, God gave him success." 2 Chronicles 26:5
"He holds success in store for the upright" Proverbs 2:7
"fix your thoughts on Jesus" Hebrews