As I ran with my boys last week, one of them who tends to have a negative outlook, began to mutter a string of less than positive thoughts. "My legs hurt", "I can't do this", "We're probably going to run 100 miles today", "I'm going to be sick", "You just want me to die" At first it was humorous because the comments were so absurd. No we weren't going to run 100 miles and I didn't want him to die! I tried to encourage him, but soon the effort of trying to counter the negative comments with positive words became exhausting. Negative thoughts, either your own or those you are listening to, can drain your energy. Before long your legs feel heavy, your breathing is labored and you feel like quitting. If you work with someone who is negative, you've probably noticed how easy it is to get caught up in the vortex and soon you find yourself complaining and negative as well. All because of negative words. Those negative words begin with negative thoughts and the key to correcting negative thinking is to take those thoughts captive. Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 10:5 "We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ."
But it's more than just refusing to allow thoughts that are negative or untrue, we have to replace them with thoughts that are in line with Christ. "Finally brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things." Philippians 4:8 Maybe you've been there. Maybe you work with someone who seems to always be able to find the negative in everything. Maybe you find yourself struggling to stay positive. First take those negative thoughts captive, then replace them with thoughts that are true, noble, right, pure, etc. That's the biblical model for correcting a negative thought pattern in your life. One of the great things about joining the CRT for a walk or a run is that there is no opportunity for negative thoughts or comments. We challenge and encourage one another, it's what we do. Come on out an join us this week. On Wednesday we will meet at noon at Clearwater Trail (just east of 42nd street off of Jasper road). On Saturday we will meet at 8 am at Alton Baker Park and on Sunday we will meet at 3 pm at Clearwater trail. Have a great week!