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. Philippians 4:8
What are you thinking about? What do you allow your mind to dwell on? Is it healthy? How do you determine what is best for you?
The dark alleys of my mind can be dangerous for me. It’s where insecurity and doubt act as bullies to my confidence and faith. These intimidators only have as much power as I am willing to give them and sadly, I grant them far too much authority. I don’t intend to make it sound easier than it is (because it certainly is a difficult task) but I need to learn to shift my mental focus to things that are more positive instead of dwelling on the negative. I've learned that I’m incapable of doing this consistently through my own power. I've got to lean heavily on the strength I gain from Christ if I am to stand a chance of lasting change.
Learning to stop playing mind games with yourself is never easy, but it's essential to focus our mental energies in the right place if we want to thrive.