All of us, at some point or another, struggle with our thought-life. We may get caught up in the morass of negative self-talk, or tangled in a web of anxiety, depression, judgement, or any number of vicious cycles. It’s simply part of the human condition, and I’m sure you can come up with any number of examples from your own life.
Well, Shakespeare’s got something to say about that:
“Make not your thoughts your prisons”
–Antony and Cleopatra
Okay, granted, in context it’s not so reassuring, as Octavius Caesar is talking through his hat at this point, but out of context, it’s important.
Don’t allow yourself to be taken captive by your own brain. Just don’t do it. Okay?
The Bible also has something to say on that subject:
“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”
-2 Corinthians 10:5
Again, slightly out of context, but I love this verse because it reminds me that we are supposed to be taking our own thoughts captive, instead of the other way around.
So there you have it. Two for the price of one today. Hope this gives you something to think on.
Or not to think on, perhaps.