“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7
Your brain and body are a complex communication network, and what influences change is a flow of information from a combination of sources, both conscious and subconscious, hard- and soft-wired. Negative thoughts and feelings pick up speed and gravity when you dwell on them; a group of people sharing the same negative thoughts creates an exponential “oh no the sky is falling effect.” In this time in our world it has never been more valuable that we take conscious control of our most important asset, brainpower. The key to controlling and transcending negative thinking and emotions is to recognize them for what they are; unreal with no intrinsic power.
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. ~2 Cor.10:5
While I love the idea of demolishing the unwanted things that have been crossing my mind in recent weeks, that’s not all the power the scripture is talking about. It’s not about my ability to wrestle every fear, but more so, I would allow God to take up more space in my mind that my fears would have to shrink in comparison.
We are in charge of our thinking. Accepting this power necessitates conscious work to produce conscious change. It means when identifying toxic thinking patterns as they surface and replacing them with life enriching ones. What and who you listen to in this unprecedented time in our world means everything. It’s dark, it’s difficult, but you can overcome.
1. Cultivate God’s presence. Fill your heart and your home with His words and worship so it will permeate your head. Peace is not the absence of trouble but the presence of God.
2. Remember God’s promises. We will get through this. And it can be even better than before. Circumstances cannot speak louder than God’s word.
3. Understand God’s process. Romans speaks to the way God so often works through difficulty. Suffering produces something. He has not created it but he is using it.
Do not allow what is a physical storm sweeping through our nation become a mental and emotional storm for you. God loves you and he sees you. He is always working on our behalf. He is a good God of great miracles. And what if the miracle is not what He calms on the outside. But what he wants to do on the inside for you and me. This is hope for our head.