Stinking Thinking

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I like going on runs.  Long runs.  I bring my phone to track myself by using one of those running apps.  Sometimes I listen to an album or to the radio.  And sometimes I like to leave the ear buds at home so I can pray and listen.  Today was one of those pray and listen runs.  I’m so glad!  God showed me something today I’ve been trying to figure out for years.  When I experience hurt, disappointment, rejection; any kind of emotional pain, I like to withdraw and fill my head with thoughts.  I let my mind race with scenarios of what might happen if I have another run in with “so and so.”  I dwell on how much I’ve been hurt and how “so and so” is so wrong and I’m so right.  I have repeated imaginary conversations where I finally put “so and so” in their place.  All this thinking…to do one thing…comfort myself.  But the comfort is fleeting and never truly delivers what it promises.  What I really need to do is take those thoughts captive (stop the stinking thinking) and instead start turning to the God of all comfort.  Lord, help me to stop all this useless self-thinking and direct my attention to You as my true comfort.  Remind me how much I’ve been forgiven so that I may extend forgiveness.  Teach me how to comfort to others with the very comfort You have given me.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen