My husband has had the same cellphone for years. At first glance, you might not realize it, but the thing is old! The most problematic issue is that the battery no longer holds a full charge. Replacing the old battery helped temporarily, but again he is dealing with an unpredictable cellphone battery.
Just the other day he commented that his battery was at 24% which meant it could die at any moment. Quickly, he found a way to charge his cellphone so that it would function again. Planning ahead has become second nature since he must have all the proper charging equipment with him at all times. Still, he never complains. He adjusts.
I can relate to life with a broken battery.
Think in terms of what your body feels like when you have the flu. People with the flu are achy, irritable, and exhausted. Imagine if that’s what you felt like almost every single day! Sure some days are better than others, but even on your best days you feel completely depleted because you have a broken battery.
People who are generally well have a fully charged battery to use on any given day. Unfortunately, a person with significant health problems has only 5-10% of a battery charge to use. At any moment, their battery could die.
With such a limited and unreliable supply of energy, one is forced to consider the cost of each task before they do it. Every task, whether mental or physical, utilizes precious battery power. Taking a shower costs battery power. Making a meal costs battery power. Helping with schoolwork costs battery power. Emotional turmoil costs battery power. Anxiety over battery power costs battery power!
Countless days I’ve longed for my battery to be fixed. Naturally, I dream of living a life like others. But I often feel like a bystander of life, like one who is on the outside looking in. Pondering all that I would do if I were healthy, I have struggled with a covetous heart.
Until recently, that is.
While watching a clip of a science video, I was astonished at the facts it shared about the body. The brain has about 60,000 thoughts in a day. In contrast, we take a little over 20,000 breaths daily. In other words, we have almost three times the number of thoughts as we do breaths in a day. I find that startling!
For this reason, I believe our thoughts profoundly impact the way we live our lives.
We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ.
2 Corinthians 10:5
Not long ago, I began a practice that has helped transform my life. Focusing on 2 Corinthians 10:5, I’ve visualized “taking captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ”.
When I begin to think “this isn’t the life I wanted”, I picture myself holding that thought in my hands and giving it over to God. When lies about my lack of self-worth enter my mind, I imagine grabbing those lies, handing them to God and saying “please take this from me”. When I have thoughts of doubt or insecurity, I use the same method to capture my thoughts and hand them over.
Amazingly, this works!
Experiencing the peace and contentment this gives me is new, and difficult to explain. I challenge you to try it. At your next frustrating thought, visualize yourself taking it captive and giving it to God. Ask Him to take it from you. Paint a picture in your mind of Him reaching down from the heavens and whisking it away.
Like me, I believe you will find God replacing those thoughts with His comfort and truth.
I encourage you to leave a comment below, and tell me how you deal with your 60,000 thoughts a day!