Series: Take Back Authority Over Your Life
We each have a sphere of influence; a kingdom. We get to say how our sock drawer is organized and how the furniture is set up in our living room. We get to tell our children to eat their veggies and to be kind to others. We make choices on how to work, play, rest, interact with others and more. In the same way we have authority over our inner world. Many of us struggle to see this, though. It seems like I get pulled into thoughts that I don’t want to think about all too often. I feel uncomfortable emotions that I wish I could get rid of, but can’t. I even do and say things that I don’t want to. What is up with this?
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Authority is not control. Authority is leadership. We want to learn to lead our thoughts and emotions instead of letting them lead us. We don’t get to control outcomes, but we can make change through choices. If we lead our mind towards peaceful, loving, joyful and hopeful thoughts, then we will think about those things more. If we intentionally spend time in peaceful, loving, joyful and hopeful emotions, we will be more anchored in these things. When we fight to make choices from a place of courage, vulnerability and perseverance we will make more choices that we actually can be proud of.
2 Corinthians 10:5 says it like this in The Message: …we fit every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ.
The problem is most of us believe we don’t have authority and therefore our default reaction becomes being led by every thought or emotion that we have. Pushed and pulled off course by every wave, we are out of healthy control. How can we take back authority in our inner world? This Deeper Weekly Reading series is going to be exploring practical ways to do this.