Thought Tackling

Football Rusher Struggling Through Defenders

“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” 1 Corinthians 10:5

Have you ever noticed there are days when taking every thought captive requires linebacker tackling skills?

Take every thought captive.

Those four words have been on my heart quite a bit lately.  My family has entered a season of uncertainty. There are many unknowns looming and I catch my mind (more often than normal) running away from me like an unruly child not listening to the wise parent telling her “just hold my hand, don’t dart out into oncoming traffic, and I’ll get you safely across the road.”

Lately, because of these future changes, I have had the picture of either a football linebacker or a MMA wrestler come to mind in an effort to “take every thought captive”.  I picture this strong, athletic man  knocking the thought off its feet and pinning it securely to the ground.

Then, I will often think of this verse…

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Philippians 4:8

The thought has been captured. I make my way back over to my Father who has been calling out to me to come back. I take His hand and we make our way across the busy intersection.

And, as proof that I do struggle with taking every thought captive…here is the image that popped into my mind as I thought about crossing large busy intersections without my Heavenly Father leading the way.

12 thoughts on “Thought Tackling

  1. bill (cycleguy)

    i was listening to a Wild at Heart DVD last night by John Eldredge and he was talking about breaking agreements we make. Much like this, we make agreements with stupid things. He said we need to call them out and break the chain in the name of Jesus. Much like this. Good thoughts today Eileen.

  2. David Rupert

    the uncertainty of life has ways of capturing our minds and our hearts. All of the possibilities can really trip us up, when in the end there will on be one reality. In some ways, you just got to trust. And that’s tough when you are our on the field. I’m so proud of you using a football illustration! 🙂

  3. Ken Hagerman

    Thought capturing is tough business. It is exactly that errant thought that leads me to trouble. At first it’s just a thought then it transforms into more. If we kill it right then when it is vulnerable we don’t have to fight it as a giant. Good words Eileen.

  4. Tracy

    Love this Eileen! While we are on defense against the offense(s) of the evil one, the only way we can stop his “play” against us is by tackling the lie he is feeding us. I’d rather tackle him with the truth of God’s Word than have him tackle me yards short of the intended “goal” I am running towards with God…

    P.S. I wish you were in Phoenix with us. Meeting with Lee Merrill tonight. We will miss you!


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