(#8) Free Your Shackled Mind
What’s up y’all.
I’m sure you’ve heard the saying “the truth will set you free” at some point in your life. It’s a common thing said when people are caught up in a lie, bottling up a confession, or not expressing their true opinion. But do you know where that quote comes from and who originally said it? The answer is Jesus, my friends (ain’t it always?!).
In the gospel of John, Jesus said, “…if you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32
“The truth will set you free.” Pretty self-explanatory of a quote if you ask me: practicing truthfulness is freeing for your spirit. We’ve all experienced this powerful truth in various situations, and we see the power within it. But for some reason, we rarely apply this quote (and its inferences) to our minds and our thoughts, and that’s why I’m writing this post.
If truth sets you free, then the inverse must also be true: lies bring bondage. Lies keep us in chains. Lies prevent us from progressing. Lies imprison us. And what really sucks is, we often think in terms of lies, our minds are riddled with them.
Y’all know how passionate I am about the thought-life. It makes us who we are. We are ruled by our thoughts. We. are. the. way. we. think. We. are. what. we. think. Call it perspective, call it attitude, call it whatever you want… but our thoughts determine our life. Period. And fortunately for us, we can choose what to think about.
Our mind’s default setting constantly peppers us with a barrage of negative hypotheticals and false-definites we fail to identify as such. “They don’t like me.” “I look stupid.” “They’re all judging me.” “This is gonna fail.” “I’m not good enough.” “I need to act like this to be liked.” “I need to look like this to be liked.” Are some examples I’m sure you can relate to. And I’m sure you can think of countless more. These lies bring chains… they bring the opposite of the freedom mentioned in the John 8 quote.
Because of this, it’s imperative we start to identify and choose: identify our thoughts for what they are, and choose what to think about in terms of truth. In turn, this will set our minds free.
So what is truth? Truth can be different for different people. You can develop you own truths pretty easily if you sit down with a pen and paper for 10 minutes. Below are some examples I try to focus on regularly depending on which lies I’m struggling with, and which situations I find myself in. Some may come off as arrogant, but please overcome the temptation to think so. It’s important we recognize and embrace the gifts God’s given us, leverage them, and humbly accept them.
“The creator of the universe knows and loves me deeply.”
“The well-being of my family is all that matters.”
“I am a great communicator and conversationalist.”
“God is faithful and will provide in this situation, as he always has.”
“I am skilled and competent in my job.”
“My opinion is valued and valid.”
…I could go on and on here…
I implore you to start thinking about what you’re thinking about. The truth will set you free.
Much love to you all.