The average person has 40,000 thoughts a day. 90% of those thoughts are repeats. And 75% of those are negative. What does this mean?
On average, we are bombarded with 27,000 repeat, negative thoughts about ourselves every day. The majority of our thoughts serve to tear us down.
The only problem is, these aren’t God’s thoughts about us. Even while we were still sinners – seemingly repulsive to the holy One – He thought so much of us that He sent His only son, Jesus, to die for us so that we would no longer be separated from Him.
This underscores the importance of taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. If it ain’t Christ’s thought about me, I ain’t thinking it. Now, this is quite the discipline – to become aware of my thoughts and to re-train my mind. But I’m going for it. One by one, I’m going to take these things down. And I expect that as I gain ground here, I also will see greater evidence of spiritual fruit in my life – like joy.
My idea for the moment is to wear a loose rubber band around my wrist, and any time I catch myself harboring a negative thought, I’ll snap myself with the rubber band! I’m not sure how effective this will be, but it has the potential of reminding me to be vigilant about catching thoughts while also tying a sensory pain to the act of harboring those thoughts.