By Cheri Blair
I used to think my life felt like a runaway train. Can you relate?
Do your life circumstances seem as if they are running you, and you’re just a victim in the drama of life? That’s how I used to think and feel before I discovered the truth that I can and must choose my thoughts.
We have an average of 30,000 thoughts pass through our minds daily! Most people aren’t even aware of their thoughts or consider where they come from. Nor do they realize that they can decide what to think about! It was news to me. I had somehow developed a bad habit of looking at the negative in my life rather than focusing on the positive. The consequences of my negative thought life were depression, anxiety, hopelessness, fears of all kinds, vain imaginations about the future, and so on. I’d never stopped to realize I didn’t have to process my life this way, and that it was my responsibility to change!
The Word of God has much to say about the importance of choosing our thoughts and making sure we decide to focus on the good (Philemon 4:8-9). You may already be thinking, “Yeah, but you don’t know how bad things are going in my life, so how can I think on the good?” Allow me to illustrate with a photo of a railroad track. As you can see, there are two parallel tracks going the same direction.
The day I took this picture, there were both good and bad things happening in my life. I had an adult daughter struggling with opiate addiction, and I didn’t know if she was dead or alive at the moment.
Meanwhile, I also had an adult son being radically transformed by the renewing of his mind with the Word of God! Two scenarios. Awful and awesome. Good and bad happening simultaneously.
I had a choice to make. I could focus on the circumstances of my daughter’s situation and feel overcome with fear and all that comes with it, or focus on what God was doing in my son’s life. When I focused on the amazing transformation of my son, I could then pray and speak God’s Word and His good plans over my daughter’s life. I was then filled with joy and peace, overflowing with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 15:13). Change started with a decision–a choice. Which reality would I choose to focus on and let dominate my thoughts, emotions, and quality of life? Our thoughts will determine our destiny.
It’s your life – you can be a runaway train or not…you choose.
I pray you will CHOOSE LIFE!