Originally published on April 14, 2020
What’s On Your Mind
I absolutely love that God has given us the amazing gift of imagination. Some of the greatest things in our world have come from a person’s ability to envision something in their mind and then bring it into fruition. I personally love using my imagination superpower to create, craft, and sew. I believe one of the greatest uses of our imagination is to power our faith. In John 20:29, Jesus said to Thomas, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have never seen me and yet have believed.”
As great as our God-given imagination and faith are, the enemy is always waiting in the wings to come along and steal and distort the good gift of God. During this time especially, my imagination and thoughts have taken me to the worst case scenario over and over again. A simple thought can quickly turn into a web of worry, confusion and hopelessness. I can easily drift into a scene in my mind that is the worst my imagination can play out.
One of the things I like to do when I find myself caught up in unhealthy thinking is to turn to one of my favorite scriptures. Philippians 4:8, says, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” When I dwell on this scripture it allows me to focus and bring my thinking back into alignment with where God wants me to be, focusing on him. Focusing on his goodness, his power and his ability. Reminding myself that he is still in control and that he is bigger than any problem we face.
The battlefield of the mind is extremely difficult and not a battle we should try to take on alone. During this time of uncertainty and confusion it is easy for our imagination to run away with our thinking. But instead let’s pray and bring every thought captive under the submission of Christ. (2 Cor 10:5)