I ran across this ad from the 1950s for Winston cigarettes.
Check out the advice this sage mom-to-be gives other expectant women of her day:
“People are always telling me that smoking causes low birth weight. Talk about a win-win-win! An easy labor, a slim baby and the Full Flavor of Winstons!”
“Winston. When you’re smoking for two.”
What were they thinking????
But then I got to wondering about my ways of thinking that may be just as dangerous. And it occurs to me that if I struggle with thinking things that aren’t true, maybe you do, too.
Since we know our thoughts lead to our actions, we want to build our thoughts on truth. Not hunches, myths or feelings. On truth.
Here’s what I mean.
Consider these five depressing, self-defeating lies…and replace them with their corresponding, life-giving, true thoughts instead.
Lie: “I can’t go on.” Truth: Christ, dwelling in me, can victoriously meet whatever lies ahead and I will give Him praise when He does. (1 Peter 1: 6-7)
Lie: “This problem is going to destroy me and I may lose my faith.” Truth: My faith may seem to be fading out of sight…but not out of God’s sight. My faith is not dependent on my holding onto God, but rather God holding onto me, and He is not about to let go! (John 10:28)
Lie: “I am so alone.” Truth: Christ dwells in me. I am loved, accepted, a new creation. He will never leave me or forsake me. (Deuteronomy 31:6, Joshua 1:5, Matthew 28:20)
Lie: “I’ll never be able to do this.” Truth: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13)
Lie: “There is no hope.” Truth: My hope is in Him. I will allow Him to handle each struggle as only He can. (1 Peter 1: 3,4)
Sometimes people tell me, “Connie, I can’t help my feelings.” True. We can’t help our feelings. But we CAN help what we think about. And what we choose to think about directly impacts our feelings.
Our feelings directly affect our actions. And our actions determine, to a large part, our quality of life. That’s why it’s critical to run our thoughts, not through hunches and feelings and old, untrustworthy ways of thinking, but rather through the truth of God’s Word.
Trendy thinking comes and goes. But God’s truths are timeless. Remember and use them to keep your mind healthy!
(And if you’re pregnant, you might want to check out some slightly more reliable information on how to have a healthy baby!)
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