Day 29: Thoughts

Happy Friday and Day 29 of Another 100 Days of Hannah, y’all!
First things first: we made it to the end of another week!  Woohoo!!
For those of you who are still with me, congratulations! We’ve almost survived an entire month of 2021!
 
Now, onto blogging.
 
How often do you think about your thoughts? 
 
If you’re like me, the answer is probably almost never.
 
Most of the time, it’s easy for me to feel like my thoughts are, well, me.
After all, how else could I be defined, except by my consciousness?
 
But, have you ever considered for a moment that you’re not your thoughts?
That your thoughts are something that you can actually take a step back from and observe, almost as if they were cars on a road that you can watch driving by?
 
If you haven’t, take a second to try it.
Whatever you’re thinking about, can you step back from it?
Can you recognize, ‘this is a thought’, and then observe it, rather than letting it consume you?
 
It’s harder than it sounds.
 
Admittedly, whenever I blog, or really do any serious writing, most of the words are floating around in my head before I start actually putting them down on paper or screen.  At times, rather than being a cohesive text, however, they begin to repeat over and over.  I don’t really know if this is normal or not, but in any case, I decided to sit back and observe my repeating words this morning.
As soon as I began to consider that the repeating phrases were simply thoughts that I didn’t have to hold onto, they stopped.
Now, naturally, my mind immediately went into thinking about how my thoughts had stopped, and the stream of words began to flow again, but for a second, there was silence.
 
Since I always feel like I need a final point or lesson or thought to bring my posts back to, I guess my idea for the day is this: just as we are not meant to be slaves to our emotions, we are also not called to be slaves to our thoughts.
 
In John 8:36, we are told:
If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.
Y’all, our Savior has come to set us free.  He set us free from the power of sin and death when He died on the cross.  But the freedom that He gives us is not just for eternity.  No, He offers freedom today – in the here and now.  And part of that freedom is freedom from the bondage of our thoughts and our emotions.
  • We are reassured in 2 Timothy 1:7 that we have been given a sound mind
  • Likewise, in 2 Corinthians 5:17, we are told that if any[one] be in Christ, he is a new creation.
  • Finally, in 1 Corinthians 2:16, we are reminded that we have the mind of Christ
 
And so, as we go about our day today, let us follow the example set out for us in Phillipians 4:8
 
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.
 
‘Til tomorrow,
 
Hannah  
 
Want to read more?  Here’s a link to my Day 29 post from 100 Days of Hannah.  Click the link to check it out!
 
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