Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Monster thoughts

Who would let a monster in their home? We have locks, deadbolts, security systems of various types. Some even have 'safe rooms' especially built in their homes for extraordinary protection. These various things provide for physical safety.

But what about the mind? What is in place in the average person to protect the mind? Aside from clinical depression, what is much of depression caused by? This is where what I call "monster thoughts" come in. Seemingly fleeting thoughts, in reality, have incredible power to direct the course of life. For example, you may tell yourself, "I have no value." This can have the power to strip away motivation to function, even bringing about loss of interest to accomplish goals and eventualy finding life to be too cumbersome. My six year-old granddaughter told me, "Grandma, puppies don't like me." The truth; she was trying to get my dog to come to her as he sat contentedly on my lap. He's a rescue that is extremely attached to me. There is nothing wrong with my granddaughter. She was facing a "monster thought" which needed to be combated with truth.

Truth is what is needed to combat "monster thoughts". Most of us are familiar with the Bible verse that says, "The truth shall set you free." The truth may be opposite to the "monster
thoughts", and thus present a formidable enemy to them. What about thoughts that rule with unrelenting accusations that are "true" such as, "You're fat" and in reality you struggle with your obesity? This monster thought does not have the right or power to rule. Your intrinsic value is NOT based on your external appearance. It says in the Bible that God "looks on the heart". HE is the one who has the power to create new hearts in us even when our hearts need to be changed. When we deal with the truth of our real condition THEN the opportunity is present to receive help to change and crush "monster thoughts". What are you thinking right now? Monster thoughts that will destroy you or truth that provides a path for growth and strength to meet the challenges.

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