I think most of us have weaknesses when it comes to our thought-lives. Certain kinds of thoughts get us in trouble. For me, it happens when I allow myself to worry.
It always starts with one small worry, and it doesn’t even have to be rational.
I knew better than to entertain this particular thought, but when it hit, I chose to hang on to it. Looking back, it’s almost funny.
A few days ago, I got choked on a piece of kale. No big deal, right? But a couple of hours later, I began running a low-grade fever.
The “what if” hit.
What if I have aspiration pneumonia? I bet that’s what’s wrong!
I have no idea where the thought came from.
Only that it tempted me.
The next morning, my temperature was 101, and I was coughing. The doctor at Urgent Care ordered a chest x-ray, which was perfectly normal, and gave me an antibiotic. But right before I left the exam room, she instructed me to go to the ER if I got worse because I might need a lung specialist.
A lung specialist?
More worry material.
Three days later my fever was gone, but my breathing sounded like Darth Vader’s. If you can’t see the video below, click here.
What started with one worry brought an avalanche of fear.
Nobody should sound this way!
Six days after the kale incident, I didn’t go to the ER, but I went to see my regular doctor. She listened to my kale saga and my lungs. Then she gave me a new antibiotic and an inhaler.
“Rest. Drink plenty of fluids. You should be much better in a couple of days.”
“So…you don’t think I have aspiration pneumonia?”
“No.” She smiled. “Your fever’s gone. You have bronchitis.”
My primary care doctor was one-hundred percent correct.
By the next morning, I felt much better–so good I made a pot of homemade chicken soup–even added fresh spinach.
Sitting by the fire with the dogs, I realized I’d wasted a lot of time worrying when I could’ve been praying. Or laughing. Or encouraging others.
So, I’m sharing my kale tale to see if we can learn from it.
1. Healthy thoughts lead to healthy behavior. Click to tweet.
2. Guarding our minds brings joy and peace. Click to tweet.
3. With God’s help we have the Power to change our thoughts. Click to tweet.
“…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 NIV
Do you have any Truths to add to the list?
What kinds of thoughts trip you up? It helps to identify them.