One of the positives of being a dreamer is the possibility of what could be.
One of the negatives of being a dreamer is the possibility of what could be.
It’s one thing to dream about making something better or starting something fresh, but it’s another thing to try to live that out before it happens–if it’s going to happen at all–and to imagine that whatever you’re dreaming actually exists and is being enjoyed by others right now. That’s the part I have trouble with.
The imagined future, the possibilities, all the what ifs and so on, are all far better than the present. Result?
Discouragement, dissatisfaction, and discontentment with the present. Yep, all the d-words…
So I was expressing these feelings one day, and Lindsey reminded me that I need to take every thought captive.
OH NO SHE DIDN’T quote Bible words at me! She didn’t pay an exorbitant amount of money on a degree that she could’ve gotten for $900 in a little deal called Logos! Okay, she helped pay for it, but that paper on my wall has my name on it.
The apostle Paul writes about “taking every thought captive to obey Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5, HCSB).
EVERY THOUGHT. That’s just exhausting.
Paul precedes the what with the why: “For though we live in the body, we do not wage war in an unspiritual way, since the weapons of our warfare are not worldly, but are powerful through God for the demolition of strongholds…(verses 3-4).
Love that last part I underlined. Demolition. There’s nothing gentle or sweet about that.
I would easily say that my dreaming, and subsequent discontentment, has been a stronghold.
The lie of something better, grass that’s greener…water your own stinking grass.
I want to live into what Jim Elliot urged, “Wherever you are, be all there!” I want to demolish those strongholds by the power of the Spirit of Truth.
Jesus said today has its own troubles. Today has more than enough to keep you occupied. Stop worrying about tomorrow and your five-year plan. Just be obedient to Jesus today. And the next day. And repeat.
As thoughts arise, measure them against the truth of God’s Word.
- Is this thought leading me closer to Christ?
- Is it stirring affections for the Lord?
- OR is it leading me into one of those d-words?
- Ultimately, if I run with this thought and let it linger, will I end up in sin of some sort?
God be with you (and me) in taking EVERY thought captive to obey Christ today.