As wives and mothers, our thinking doesn’t only affect us- it directly impacts our husband and any children God gives. What’s happening inside our minds matters a great deal!
In 2011, I took my first biblical counseling class, and one session focused on the “Anti-Psalm.” The goal was to better understand what a text is saying by carefully thinking through the exact opposite meaning. It can be insightful to see the “opposite” of a text, and gives an excellent way to clarify the actual meaning.
I previously did this with:
Here’s my proposal for the opposite of Philippians 4:8:
How to Think Unbiblically
Whatever is misleading, misunderstood, or a flat-out lie, whatever you can possibly be fearful and anxious about, whatever you can twist and take in the worst possible way,
Whatever is debasing, degrading, and demoralizing, whatever you would be humiliated to watch if Jesus was sitting beside you, whatever is dehumanizing to the people involved, whatever is filthy, foul, wicked, and celebratory of sin,
Whatever things are so clearly wicked that you would be embarrassed for anyone to connect them with your face and name,
Whatever is awful, tawdry, and clearly defined as sinful in Scripture,
Whatever any moral human being would find reprehensible,
If there is anything you can nit-pick and complain about,
If there is anything you can find to gossip about and criticize,
Meditate on these things, day and night. Be anxious and speculate about them. Churn them around and around in your head, and let them fill your mind and soul.
Here’s the real one:
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
IN THE COMMENTS, PLEASE SHARE: Do you pay attention to the “soundtrack” running in your mind? Do you ever pause and replay actual thoughts — good or bad– to notice what you’re actually thinking about?