My dog Peaches is a unique character. She chews up everything in sight and we go from moments of wanting to give her away to loving her and those endearing blue eyes. The other day my husband put Peaches in the back yard and went about the house doing some chores. About 30 minutes later, he looked out the window and Peaches was nowhere to be found. Worried, he opened the door and as soon as he did, Peaches peeked her little head out of the recycle bin. Corey took a picture so I could see the mischief Peaches had gotten herself into. She was eating the remnants of pizza that was left in the bin. Needless to say, she was throwing up much of the evening.
From Peaches' little adventure, I thought about how often I have consumed things that were harmful to me even though I had been nourished with all the right things. I have let negative thoughts creep in my mind and before long they have taken over and I am in a funk the rest of the day. I have let people speak things in my life and not rebuke them instantaneously and then all of a sudden I am angry.
We give Peaches all the dog food she needs yet when the opportunity arose for her to consume something harmful she went for it. I am learning that just because opportunities to give in to negative thoughts, emotions or feelings are around me, I don't have to consume them. I get all of my nourishment from the Word of God and it tells me who I am and what I can become.
The Bible tells us that we are transformed by the renewing of our mind. This is not a one time event but it is a lifestyle. Transformation takes time. If we become lazy in the renewal process, we will most certainly revert back to old ways. That's what happened to me. I let the situations in my life control my thoughts and emotions and I aborted my transformation process. With every battle and hardship there is an opportunity to grow if you stay steadfast in the renewal. If you choose to neglect the process you could potentially get stuck and keep going around the same mountain over and over again like the children of Israel did. I think I will choose to focus on the Word the next time those nasty thoughts come my way or else I will be in the same predicament of our dog peaches - full of regrets and longing for a do-over.
What do you do when negative thoughts come? I would love to hear from you! Comment below and I will respond :)
Until next time.......Be Real. Be Authentic. Be YOU!