Lesson 6: Good Thinking
Finally, brothers, 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)
If we could just do that . . .
Someone once explained that negative thoughts are like little gremlins growing and taking control in your head. As soon as you spot one, you really have to take it out. How much time do you waste letting negative thoughts take control?
As I studied the lesson this past week, I really had to stop and think about how to generate genuinely good thoughts. Sometimes we get to the point where we’ve allowed so many bad thoughts to enter our minds, that the good ones can’t find any room.
It’s amazing how powerful feeding your mind positive thoughts and God’s promises really works. I had to study for the bar exam after failing it once. This was perhaps the most miserable time of my life. It got to the point that after registering for the exam and paying the nonrefundable $300 fee, I couldn’t sit for the test. My mind was captured by the gremlins. It took considerable time to weed them out, and it’s a daily struggle – but thank God I eventually prevailed and passed the examination.
Even when you’re at your lowest low, prying out those negative thoughts like weeds in a beautiful flowerbed is critical. Stamp them out with the word of God – even when the good thoughts seem false. If Satan has lied to you to the point where whatever is true, lovely, and admirable seems false, ugly, and not worth mentioning – reclaim God’s promise and just THINK about what’s really good to regain control.
We really need to help each other do this. When you hear a friend talk down about another or even about his/herself, stop them. Refocus their thoughts on what’s good. You could literally save a life.