Take captive your thoughts

Take captive your thoughts

Take captive your thoughts 150 150 JJ Landis

I woke up too early. I tripped down the stairs and lay flat on the floor to stretch my perpetually sore back and sleep a few more minutes (a lot more minutes).

Once I was in the exquisite, almost-asleep-fluffy-cloud-unicorn-rainbow state of mind where life is at its best…


The buzz of a mosquito interrupted my zen floor moment.

My happy balloon popped and I flailed my arms around, break-dance style, trying to swat the pest.

Darn mosquito! Disrupting my back-stretching sleep! Gah!

The power of that buzz was much stronger than my will. The nagging little insect had complete control of me – to prevent my sleep, to force me into motion.

My thoughts control me from time to time too.

I obsess over insignificant details that suck out my energy. I become embittered by a passing comment never meant to injure me, which makes me furious at everyone and no one. I summon any manor of self-loathing and savor it while I miss the sweetness of life.

This morning with my mosquito, I chose to get up and out. I surrendered my sleep for healthier avenues. I won the battle.

Another way to victory would have been to hunt the insect and smash it.

Either way, I was not going to lie there and take the disruptive buzzing. I was the boss of the situation!

When negativity takes my mind hostage, I must remember I am victorious in Christ Jesus.

Just because a thought sprouts does not mean it must grow.

With God, I have strength and power.

I am able to take captive every thought that is not true! Tedious, energy-sapping details; bitterness and anger; self-hate – these are not healthy things to think about.

2 Corinthians 10:5: 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.


JJ Landis

JJ Landis is the author of "Some Things You Keep." She is a librarian in Pennsylvania where she lives with her husband and three children. She blogs about parenting, marriage, and getting through the day at jjlandis.com.

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