Sunday, March 21, 2010

Taming the shrew

In an earlier post I spoke about capturing our thoughts in Christ and renewing our mind with the help of his grace. It's an ongoing battle. The shrew would like to put in her two cents about everything. I have to gag her to get her to shut up. The shrew likes to comment negatively on life in general, though she has mellowed with age. She was far more fierce in her younger years, I think she got burnt out. Still, she occasionally likes to butt her head into my thoughts :)

All humor aside, our thought life has a lot to do with who we are and how we treat others. Unhampered, it will run ourselves and others into the muck if we let it. We have the grace to stop our thoughts and change their direction by gently moving our thoughts toward the Lord. For instance, if we find ourselves judging a person [not an action, it is okay to judge an action] our thoughts can carry us far away from truth. No one knows another person's heart but God. When we notice our thoughts bringing us into a direction we don't like it's helpful to think of Jesus crucified. Takes the wind right out of our sails! Or say your thoughts about yourself are harmful [like cutting yourself down or digging into a painful past all the time] it's helpful to remember how much God loves you. I say do it gently because it needs to be done with love. You have to treat yourself with the same mercy that God treats you with. God is incredibly merciful to us and so, we too, must treat his creation lovingly. It takes many years to build up negative thought habits and it can take some time to change this. If you are too harsh with yourself - it is fighting negativity with negativity rather than the greater sword of God's love. Our greatest weapon is praise. Praising God leaves no room for the shrew :) I like to think of this not as positive thinking but rather....Christian thinking.

7 comments:

  1. Yes! Wonderful, a very helpful post!

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  2. Thanks, Anne! I didn't learn this the easy way ;)

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  3. Absolutely Christian thinking Mary....:-) Hugs

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  4. I find that it's the only way to rid my life of thoughts like this. If I try to get rough with myself, it makes it worst :) I think you have to treat yourself like you would treat others...mercifully.

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  5. A beautiful post Mary! Thanks for sharing...our thoughts have a tremendous influence on how we act!!

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  6. Great thoughts here Mary...thank you:)
    Christian thinking...I like that.

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  7. This is so true. I have had to deal with so many negative thoughts about myself over the years. What we have to do is make new tapes to erase the old ones. Tell ourselves over and over that we are the beautiful children of God and loved just the way we are. If we do this enough, we can erase the old tapes that say we are worth little or nothing. God bless!

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