Personal Journey

When Negative Thoughts Are Running Your Life (Part I)

You don’t have to let negative thoughts run your life.

“Be careful what you think, because your thoughts run your life.” Proverbs 4:23

I realize they were there, but I tried to forget about them and deny their existence.

They influenced how I felt in the morning, and when I went to bed. They would frequently cause my feelings to be out of control, making me feel out of sorts, too. They would determine how I reacted to conversations or situations. They usually made me feel hurt, offended, or angry, whether it was really justified or not. They never stop reminding me of my flaws and shortcomings, making me feel inferior and frequently without value. They consistently attempted to pull me down with discouragement or hopelessness, stealing my joy and peace.

Who are “They?”

My thoughts.

I didn’t want to be unhappy, but my thoughts remained consumed with all the things that made me unhappy. I didn’t want to feel sad, but my thoughts frequently strayed toward focusing on my sad circumstances. I didn’t want to be fearful or discouraged, but my heart was heavy, and my depressing thoughts were weighing down not only my feelings but my take on life. Also, my thoughts frequently made me feel as if I were drowning emotionally, mentally, and even spiritually.

Our critical verse today provides us with cunning advice on handling our thoughts: “Be careful what you think, because your thoughts run your life” (Proverbs 4:23). This was written by King Solomon for the benefit of his sons.

He talked of more vital things such as the importance of controlling their thoughts, which regulate how they lived and how they felt.

Solomon instructs us to be cautious about how we think since the quality of our thoughts will typically determine the quality of our life.