The imagination trap
Ash Elise once said, “Stop imagining fake scenarios and hurting your own feelings.” Umph… I felt that one.
Our imaginations are as beautifully and wonderfully made as we are. But in this fallen, sinful world, our imaginations can become warped and mangled, at times even turning ourselves into our own worst enemy.
Have you ever had someone say something (or NOT say something) or experience a social situation that makes you question, wonder and create an entire scenario in your mind of how you think things will end up? Your mind imagines the worst of the worst and before you know it, you are convinced that everyone hates you and is against you, no matter what you do, you can't ever be enough, they are all talking behind your back and who cares cause you don’t like them anyways! And then later you find out that it was just a mix up and you were WAY off base.
Well, I sure have! I am a creative person and have lived a checkered past. You put those two things together and my imagination can be my best friend or worst enemy. Do you want to know my cure? I make God my filter. I pray to him to set my mind right if I am starting to spiral about something. And every single time, God gets the truth to me by speaking through my husband or a friend, a scripture or song or something I read. My mind will calm and those thoughts and feelings are put to rest.
Sometimes, the feeling just dissipates as I recall the scripture to “set my mind on things above, not earthly things.” (Colossians 3:1) I realize that these trivial situations do not matter in the grand scheme of things, only how I react and what I do with it. I activate my imagination to think about what eternity will be like. I specify and list past and present blessings in my life from the Lord with gratitude and worship. Focusing on “things above” replaces the negative thoughts that threaten my imagination with positive, lovely, beautiful things that fill and nourish my soul.
I am happy to say that over the years, doing things God’s way has helped this ‘imagination trap’ to simmer down SO much and it hardly happens anymore.
Friends, we have enough to combat with the enemy and his demons running amuck all around us. Let us be SO careful not to assist him in attacking our own minds too!
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your MIND. This is the first and greatest commandment.” Matthew 22:37-38