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Guest Post: Choosing Wisely

I am excited to share another guest post by my husband, Benjamin Snow. Enjoy.

“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ,”
2 Corinthians 10:3-5

A memorable movie from my childhood was Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. (Spoiler alert)- Indiana finds the Holy Grail. When he does, he encounters a knight guarding the Grail. Indiana is tasked with choosing which cup is the true Grail. The knight famously says, “Choose, but choose wisely.”
Scripture has a similar warning for us about our thoughts. Seek this out in scripture and I promise you will be surprised at what you find (2 Corinthians 10:3-5, Philippians 4:6-7, 1 Peter 1:13, etc.). I admit that I have struggled with this in many ways. It has taken time for me to come to terms with my thought struggles and misconceptions from my earlier mindsets. The battle begins, not with what you say or do, but with what you think.
Did you know that experts warn pilots not to fly into clouds? Spatial disorientation can lead even the most experienced pilot to fly upside down and not even know it. The pilot, in this scenario, often doesn’t pay attention to the gauges. The same can happen to you spiritually. You might ignore the Holy Spirit, the figurative gauges, and end up turning on those you love; hating your kids, your wife, and God. I am convinced that many men of my generation are susceptible to attack by the enemy because of our thought lives. In my own experience, when I ignore my thought life, I often find myself choosing fear and pride. It doesn’t take a genius to know where that ends up; pride comes before a fall. Similar to how flying upside down and not trusting your gauges can crash a plane.
Know this; it is never too late. Pray, and ask God to help you see your thoughts clearly and become more self-aware. Start identifying your thoughts and admitting the truth of what you are thinking. God can handle it; He’s big enough. You won’t scare Him. Then, you can start reading books about your struggles, find a counselor, or pray with your close friends. You might be surprised to find out that your friends struggle with similar issues. It is entirely true that admitting the problem is a solid first step.
So we are to intentionally choose our thoughts, and choose wisely. Bring each thought under the microscope of truth from scripture. Trust me when I say that ignoring this issue will only make it grow larger. It isn’t too late, even if your close relationships have suffered. God is cheering you on and has already gone before you to prepare the way.

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