If you’re like most teenagers, you love taking pictures with your iPod, camera, or phone. Each picture you take shows a piece of your life. And some of these are so great, you have to share them on Twitter, Intstagram or Facebook so all your friends can see.
I want you to imagine that every thought you have in a day is like a picture stored on your phone or iPod. Some you look at and decide “that wasn’t too great- I look stupid” and hit delete. Did you know that your thoughts are similar to photos? They contain an image. Some thoughts you should choose to keep and others you choose delete. Every day you can scroll through your thoughts and ask yourself “is this thought worth keeping?” So with that in mind, here’s some tips to help you develop good mental pictures:
- Delete bad thoughts – If you have a thought that is a negative image, one that doesn’t make you smile, then delete it from your thinking. Many times, we don’t take any time to think about what we think about. Getting into the habit of deleting bad thoughts is important because our self-image is based upon how we think about ourselves.
- What thoughts are you posting? – As you know, everything you post on social media sites reflects you. It’s like a billboard that tells everybody what you are thinking and doing. So ask yourself, what image are you portraying? Are you posting your fears, your emotions, your hang-ups? If you wonder how people see you, just check out what you’re posting.
- What are you looking at? – Your thoughts are linked to what you look at and listen to. Take some time to examine what you’re letting your eyes and ears feast on. If you’re having a hard time keeping your thoughts positive, pay attention to what you’re looking at and listening to.
If you want to propel your life forward, begin to examine what you’re thinking about. If you have a thought isn’t a good one don’t hesitate…delete it from your thinking. Thinking good thoughts will propel you forward to success.
“We take every thought captive and make it obey Christ. ” – 2 Corinthians 10:5 (TEV)
Pray: Father, help me listen to my thoughts more and delete those that I don’t want developed in me. Help me not always say what I feel, but instead say what I want in my life and what will help other people. Help me to come to You with my hurts and feelings in prayer. Then what others hear from me will encourage them.
Listen: Be Still My Soul by Leigh Nash
Read: Battlefield of the Mind for Teens: Winning the Battle in Your Mind by Joyce Meyer