We come to the time of the year in the United States where we celebrate Thanksgiving. In my opinion, the only holiday that has not become commercialized. Thanksgiving traditionally was designed to give thanks to God for his many blessings on the young United States. As Christians every day should be Thanksgiving to us. We should thank God for his many blessings to us. First and foremost for the wonderful gift of grace and mercy though His Son Jesus Christ. As a CWM I need to instill in my children the art of being thankful. Frankly, I don’t think many of us do it well. When my children were little we would start their prayers with, “Thank you God for _______ and they would fill in the blank.” I loved some of those prayers with their deep honesty. Two I remember in particular, was my son being thankful he didn’t have to sit by a girl. My daughter was thankful she got a full locker instead of a half locker. All those things are important when you are little. Yet, in God’s eyes we are all his children. Can I encourage you and myself to intentionally teach our children to be thankful to God for our many blessings?
Article – Take Every Thought Captive
We live in a distracted world. I think sometimes as much as we all multi-task we could be diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder. This distracted thinking can also affect our walk with God as well.
Listen to this Scripture, “We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete.” 2 Corinthians 10:5-6.
These verses have several different meanings that can impact our daily lives. The first important meaning of this verse is there were people during Jesus day and certainly more of them today who want to argue about the merits of God and Jesus Christ. People who like to say there is no God or argue every little piece of scripture. This verse is basically telling us you can pile up all the earthly wisdom you have and stack that up against the knowledge of God and see who wins. If we want to be honest God gave us the brains to even come up with wisdom. He is the Creator so, of course, he knows all things. I think God must laugh to Himself when a new star or something in space is “discovered”. God has known it was there since the beginning of time, He created it.
The second important meaning of this verse is to watch our thought lives. When we think do we have an attitude of obedience or disobedience in our thoughts. Are our thoughts glorifying to God? Are our thoughts often filled with worry, in that we are not trusting God? Do we spend lots of our time on wasted activities, ex. Computer games, surfing the Internet, Facebook, etc.? Do we truly train our thoughts to be captive to what Christ has called us to do or are we training our minds to the worlds view? Do we have an ongoing conversation with God throughout the day? We are told to pray without ceasing. I have begun the practice of when a friend or family member comes to mind that I use that as an opportunity to pray for them and God’s direction in their lives.
I encourage you to try a little experiment. For one day take each thought that pops in your head immediately to Christ. Make each and every thought captive to Christ. What things will you discover? Sometimes you will discover that Satan loves to play tricks on you. Thoughts of I’m not good enough, pretty enough, or God could never use me is the voice of Satan. Thoughts of worry show we are not putting our full trust in God. What if you realize that most of your thoughts don’t even involve God at all? Also, by taking every thought captive to Christ you will begin to have an attitude of gratitude. For example, thank you Lord for the beautiful weather. Thank you for the good day my children had today.
Can I be honest with you? No one trains us to take every thought captive to Christ. In fact, the world tries to take us as far away from God as possible. This won’t be easy, but we are commanded in Scripture to do so. We are called to live in obedience to Christ not disobedience. I would love to hear about your experiment of taking your thoughts captive to Christ. Feel free to send me an email to Kimberly@kimberlychastain.com with your experiment results. I’m a slow learner in this area, but it is one exciting adventure.
Our world is fond of putting people down and just plain being negative. Good stories rarely headline the news. Begin to teach your children to look for ways God is working in their lives. Teach them to have an attitude of gratitude. A thankful heart does not come naturally, but it should for children of the King.
Till next time,
Kimberly M. Chastain
Kimberly M. Chastain, MS, LMFT is the Christian Working Mom Coach and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She is the author of The Voices of Christian Working Moms, 2 ebooks and an online Bible study. To find out how to receive coaching tips by email daily, go to http://www.kimberlychastain.com/cwmtips.htm. To find out more about her books go to www.christianworkingmom.com. For a free, initial coaching session send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.