Throughout our lives, difficult situations are going to happen to us. We can experience trials in our personal lives, ministries, parenting, friendships, etc. In fact, Jesus himself prepares us that we will have trouble in this world as He says in John 16:33, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Knowing this fact shouldn’t derail your plans, dreams or destiny, but when “life” happens, people hurt you or things do not go as planned, what you do in the moment determines the process by which resolution comes. I’ve learned over the years that during the storms of life, we have a choice to make. You can lean into what is happening and grow from it or resist it and eventually break.
This decision seems easy, except when you are the one walking through the storm. Your thoughts begin to go crazy with the “what-ifs.” Doubt, insecurities and fear will consume your mind, if you allow it. The enemy makes his way into your thoughts to distort the way you see God. If that doesn’t work, he will distort the way you see yourself or those around you and your ability to cope with the situation. But it all starts in your mind…your thoughts.
I learned an empowering truth years ago… are you ready? YOU DECIDE WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT AND WHAT THOUGHTS YOU ALLOW TO STICK! Yep, you can choose what thoughts you allow to fill your heart and mind. As it says in Proverbs 23:7, “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.” In other words, if you think on something long enough, it WILL come to pass. As women, we are emotional beings. We can quickly have a conversation, situation or scenario conjured up in our minds about someone or something that isn’t even real but will generate VERY real emotions. This is when the enemy goes to work and this is when you MUST choose. 2 Corinthians 10:5 says, “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.” The word “demolish” literally means to knock down or pull down. It is an ACTION word…it requires effort for you to demolish something, including your thoughts. It is an intentional act that requires specific actions in order to change the course of what is happening. Making your thoughts obedient to Christ is making sure what you’re thinking about lines up with what the Word of God says. If not, you MUST surrender those thoughts, knock them down and replace them with the truth of God’s word.
So when difficult times come, be consciously aware of your thoughts and where you allow them to go. You’re in control, you decide! You can either think about it….or NOT!