My training started out in clinical psychology. And that means you are always trying to figure out what is wrong with people and systems. For years, I really struggled with negativity and looking for problems…dwelling on difficult things. Someone would tell me good news and I could instantly think of a way it could go wrong and wasn’t afraid to say so.
God a new car? Did you hear about the recall?
Got that promotion you have been wanting? You know that means a new set of demands you may not be up for.
You see how it goes…maybe you know first hand how this works?
Man was that messed up! It is obvious in retrospect but not in the moment.
It has taken me quite some time of soul searching to come to understand just how unhelpful that kind of approach to life really is. In reality, it was thriving on chaos and it took me a while to understand that the world has chaos enough without me adding to the pile. There is so much joy that is missed…so much rejoicing with those who rejoice that is avoided. It is hard to make and keep friends when you approach life from a clinical perspective.
I finally learned to create and maintain filters on my language – to take those thoughts and hold them captive to Christ and find them wanting in comparison to the thoughts of Jesus.
We are not enslaved to our negative thoughts. By the grace of God we can convert our thinking and embrace the celebration of what is going well in the world without having to conjure up potential issues that might (but probably won’t) come up along the way.
This conversion of thinking brings true freedom!
Do you struggle with this or am I the only crazy one?