Slaying Thoughts

slaying thoughtsI have a tendency to slay thoughts instead of holding every thought obedient to Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5). Someone may suggest an idea to me or ask a question and I’ll give an immediate response. I slay it. I won’t pause and filter it through the lens of Christ. Then Jesus, who has the power to bring things back to life, will resurrect the thought in my mind.  And I’ll change my mind.

Today we planned to attend church together as a family. All 5 of us. With teenagers it’s rare that we’re all together at the same time. Ever. Shelby asked if we could go to lunch after I church. I killed it.

No.

We have plenty of leftovers. My first thought was the money I’d spent on food over the past week.

Then Jesus resurrected the idea. It’s New Year’s Day. My entire family is going to church together. In the same car. My teenage daughters could have asked to drive separately so they could split as soon as church was over. But they didn’t. And they wanted to have lunch with us. Yes, they expected me to pay. Of course. But that’s ok. It’s a price worth paying. These days are rare.

Now if I could just learn to hold these thoughts captive to Christ before opening my mouth. That would have come in handy yesterday when Sandra and I were taking out the Christmas tree.

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