Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Cognitive Restructuring

“We demolish arguments and every high-minded thing that is raised up against the knowledge of God, taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:4b-5 HCSB

“Be careful of your thoughts, they may become words at any moment.” Ira Gassen*

Wikipedia’s online encyclopedia, defines cognitive restructuring as “the process of learning to refute cognitive distortions, or fundamental faulty thinking, with the goal of replacing one's irrational, counter-factual beliefs with more accurate and beneficial ones.”

Isn’t it interesting how God often takes hypersensitive, artistic, easily offended, self centered, touchy feely people and places them in positions of worship leadership? Others may disagree, but many times it is those same characteristics that actually help the musicians, dramatists, writers, and artists lead people into the presence of God.

When artistic people, even those involved in worship arts, forget their calling and the source of their talent, they can have irrational thoughts about themselves, their responsibilities and their talents. When that happens, they must take captive those negative thoughts and remember that God is the One who gifted and called them to use their talents to serve Him.

Lord, help me daily to focus my thoughts on You.

1 comment:

  1. Amen! Oh that every thought would but honor my Lord! Thanks for the reminder, John. (and the birthday wishes:)