“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 4:6-7 (NKJV)
If taming our minds was easy, we’d all be doing it. In God’s brilliance, he gave our brains mechanisms that allow them to go on autopilot. After we do something, over and over, our brain makes a connection and then no longer feels compelled to use the precious space in our consciousness.
Remember when you first learned to drive and you tried backing out of the driveway? We were hot messes, weren’t we? Rapidly checking mirrors, easing our foot on and off the pedal. Checking to make sure we were in reverse ten times. But as we did the act of driving, again and again, we could easily back up without much thinking at all. In fact, there’s been a few times I’ve arrived home and had no idea how I got there!
This is a wonderful gift when it comes to our brains helping to simplify our life, but if used improperly, it can become a curse. Negative, victim centered, helpless thought patterns are easier to conjure than faith filled ones. And they can become habitual, to the point where we don’t even realize we’re doing it. Before we know it, we’re living a habitually negative life, thinking it’s our circumstances when really it’s just our thoughts left on auto-pilot, completely unchecked.
But here’s the good news: we can also train our minds to think positive, faith filled thoughts. We can train it to make God our default.
Are there negative thought patterns ingrained in your way of thinking? Do you have negative thought habits keeping you from joy and peace?
What are you thinking about? It’s something worth pondering today. And every day, if you ask me.