“…and take every thought captive to obey Christ.”
~2 Corinthians 10:5

When I was twelve-years-old, my family went on a two-week vacation “out west.”  I’ll never forget seeing my first real cowboy. He sat high in the saddle, twirling a lasso above his head. I watched the rope spin in graceful, controlled circles. With the elegance of a ballerina, he threw the rope towards a calf running away from the herd and lassoed it. It seemed like magic; the ability to single out an animal in a herd, capture it, and bring it back to where it needed to be.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could all be cowboys and cowgirls? We could lasso those thoughts of ours that are unruly, you know, the ones fueled by fear, and we could bring them back into the fold. We wouldn’t let them stir up the rest of our thoughts, and create a stampede of negativity. We’d single out the negative thoughts and take them captive, instead of letting them take us captive.

Unless we take control of our thoughts, we won’t be able to love or forgive. We won’t be able to obey God. If we let our thoughts have their way they will tell us negative—even catastrophic stories—and we will believe them!  

Today, I hope you’ll join me in being a “thought cowgirl” or “thought cowboy.” Let’s lasso our negative thoughts and bring them back into the fold of love and peace. Let’s make sure that our every thought is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, or praiseworthy (Philippians 4:8). Let’s take every thought captive so that we can obey Christ. Let’s take every thought captive so that we can love as He commanded. 

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