The truth is the truth no matter what I'm feeling.
I had to remind myself of this recently.
Maybe you can relate...I wake up one morning with a heavy heart - as a result of specific trials or problems or even for no reason in particular. The day goes on, and I find myself peering out of my doom-tinted glasses with a hopeless sigh. Negative thoughts and questions run through my mind - "This situation isn't going to change. I can't do this. I don't feel joyful. No one really cares."
This kind of thinking breeds discontentment, cultivates a twisted perception of reality, and replaces truth with lies. I'm providing the perfect ingredients for a full-fledged pity party, and it’s a dangerous mix! Unfortunately, these moods can’t simply be turned off as if they were switch operated…so what are we to do when we find ourselves viewing and interpreting life solely though our emotions?
It Starts Here
I can't remember where I first came across this advice, but its value has been proved over and over again in my life: Speak truth to yourself. Not what we feel is the truth, but what the Word of God says is true. To know what it says, I need to be in it. Often. If I am not allowing God's Word to shape my thinking and convictions, (which then effects my emotions) something else will.
Over the next couple posts I'll share some suggestions that I've found helpful for cultivating a biblical mindset, or, as the apostle Paul puts it, “Taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.” (2 Cor. 10:5)