What's Taking Up Space in Your Head?
When I was young, and things would get me down, my dad would say to me, "Don't sweat the small stuff, Snooks."
My thought life is something I have often battled--sometimes with better results than others. My brain seems to run on overdrive most days. During my adolescence, I allowed my emotions and overactive brain to govern my actions. It was a bad way to live.
Once I committed my life to Christ, and came to know Him intimately through study of His Word, I realized that I had the cart before the horse. I am not at the mercy of my thoughts and emotions; I make the choices of what I think and feel, with God's guidance.
Instead of the overblown--out of proportion--awfulizing thoughts, I can fight back by staying in the present. "What if" may never come to be, so I can't dwell on it. Will this problem be something I worry or care about in a week, a month, a year?
Just because I have a thought, doesn't mean I have to acknowledge and give it credence. Question each thought: Is it logical? Truthful? Helpful? God-honoring?
Sometimes life is hard, but we make it harder than it has to be.
"The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another."--William James