My father always talked to me about "the power of the mind." "Mind over Matter" he would say. I often forget this and can allow my self-talk to push me through some crazy emotional spirals.
2 Corinthians 10:5 says:
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.
So although sometimes it feels new-agey, we are actually called to take our thoughts captive if they are leading us away from the ways of our Lord.
My friend showed me this great article by Michael Hyatt that points out three actions we can take to shift emotional gears:
- Shift your mental focus.
- Change your posture and
- Watch your language.
I don't want to steal Mr. Hyatt's thunder but I wanted to give you a link so that you can go read what he has to say. I have heard that some people have never considered these things and I know that some of us that have heard them over and over and over sometimes dismissed them because our dad was the one who said them! :)
Click here to be whisked away to Michael Hyatt's blog post