The best thing to do with a bad thought

A human mind, polluted with various forms of negativity, produces a life overflowing with the same pollutants. I think, therefore I am . . . not going to think negatively!

One thing I’m positive about is that thinking negatively is never as effective as positive thinking! A disciplined and discerning mind has much more peace than a mind that is continually open to destructive thinking. Here’s a prediction: To repeatedly think or do a negative thing without restriction, will eventually lead to addiction.

The best thing to do with a depressing thought is to deliberately drive it away–to determinedly delete it from your deliberation. I’ve heard; “You can’t not think about a pink elephant,” but even if someone mentions a pink elephant, I think about other things. There are so many wonderful thoughts a person can think, why waste time on pitiful ponderings?

Without inner peace and joy, everything you do or possess will leave you unsatisfied. A mismanaged mind makes much misery. A person who won’t control his thoughts is often tormented by them.

Your brain is a chemical plant that makes its own drugs, but your ongoing thoughts write the prescription and help determine your brain’s chemical makeup. An unfocused mind goes through life in a chemical blur.

Without antivirus a computer can be overcome by destructive programming. Without discernment and wisdom, a human mind can be too. Like a mine field, happily navigating through life requires caution, patience, wisdom, humility, and learning from those who are in front of you.

For many people the concept of “controlling their own thinking” is either an afterthought (after they’ve made a mess) or a fantasy they never try. Those people drift aimlessly in their individual stream of consciousness; I prefer to direct mine toward positive, uplifting thoughts.

The thoughts and feelings that you have accepted and embraced over the years, have created your current mental and emotional state. The thoughts that you allow to remain in your mind release brain chemicals that create your feelings. To change your habitual feelings, change your habitual thoughts. To be continually conscious of the crummy will crush your hopes of contentment.

What kind of environment have you created within your own mind? Depressing or delightful? Freedom lets you decide. Have you decided to embrace great thoughts or garbage thoughts? Ungodly thoughts are mental idols that require their possessor to bow at their altar. Nature’s beauty calls my thoughts back to harmony, awe, and wonder!

Don’t tolerate tormenting thoughts. It’s your mind, rise up and drive them out! Thoughts are like mushrooms. Some are poisonous and will mess you up. Others are nourishing and will make you strong! Choose carefully.

Troublesome thoughts and feelings aren’t almighty! They can be resisted & driven out. You can draw a line and say no way! Take every tormenting thought and trump it with a tremendous thought!

A mind obsessed by negative things is a terrible waste. (Use your mind for good!) If stinking thinking has stunk up your subconscious mind, air it out by thinking about sweet smelling scents. Cultivating a clean climate in your consciousness, helps you overcome controlling cravings & complusions.

Don’t be a puppet and dance to every thought or feeling that breezes through your consciousness. Disobey destructive feelings and desires!

If you believe bad things are happening you’ll feel bad–good things you’ll feel good. The truth is that both are happening at the same time.

Feelings are deceptive. To direct your life only by how you feel is to give yourself a bum deal. Command and control your feelings. Don’t let them command and control you and make you dance like a puppet on a string.

Here’s a definition of insane: To blindly follow your feelings without using your brain. To go with the flow of destructive thinking is to be slowly swept into despair.

Just because something feels good, doesn’t mean it’s not a trap set to spring on you and hold you in habitual helotry. The words you use can make you win or they can make you loose. Think and speak wise words.

My way often detours off the highway and into a ditch. However, God’s way always gets me through.






About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @
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