Going Through Dark the Dark Times"When a train goes through a tunnel and it gets dark, you don't throw away the ticket and jump off. You sit still and trust the engineer." --Corrie Ten Boom
Thoughts Affect Moods
Have you ever wondered why you become depressed? I would like to give you a little test to help you analyze yourself.
The Thought-Analyzer Test
1. When I am happy, I have been thinking _______________ thoughts.
2. When I am sad, I have been thinking ________________ thoughts.
3. When I am angry, I have been thinking _______________ thoughts.
4. When I am depressed, I have been thinking _____________ thoughts.
It is so profoundly simple that it is simply profound. The way we think will affect the moods we are in. (Kent Crockett, The 911 Handbook, Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 2003, 78)
Our Emotions Respond to the Way We Think
Feelings follow thoughts like a caboose follows a locomotive. If the locomotive goes into the valley, then the caboose will follow it down into the valley. But if the locomotive goes up a mountain, the caboose will also go up the mountain. If my thoughts go down, my emotions go down. If my thoughts go up, my emotions go up.
So if our emotions are to be turned around, then we’ve got to change the way we think. Instead of thinking depressing thoughts, we choose to think joyful thoughts. At first we may not feel like rejoicing, but thinking joyful thoughts eventually makes us joyful.
God instructs us to think good thoughts, not depressing thoughts. Phil. 4:8 says, “Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good reputation, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things.” That is a continual, day-by-by process.
When our minds continually dwell of uplifting thoughts, it releases chemicals called endorphins into our bodies that correct the chemical imbalances caused by depression.