Christ-centered recovery requires us to be very disciplined. We are to “take every thought captive.” This means that we no longer have the luxury of contemplating on negative things like resentment, fear, lust, envy, and pride. We have to work on not dwelling on thoughts and actions that take us out of our journey towards Christ. At first, this is going to seem an impossible task. After spending time in Christ-centered recovery, we develop different and better coping skills against our triggers, the sparks that kindle our former bonfires of negative thinking and behavior. Christ teaches us not to let those bonfires burn away our new, positive abilities by these sparks.
There are ruts in our minds that are caused by thinking the same way over and over. Much like the tires of a car repetitively traveling down the same dirt road, our thoughts begin to dig these furrows in the pathways of our brains. Over time, we get stuck in our old thinking patterns and have difficulty moving forward. Eventually, we become no longer able to move at all, trapped in the mire of negativity, anger, and isolation which comes from these ruts.
Being disciplined in our thoughts, and in our behaviors, is a critical part of the recovery process. In recovery, we now understand the high price we paid for leaving our thoughts unchecked. We can not get unstuck on our own. The more we try to get ourselves out of the ruts, the more stuck we become. We need Christ and others who have experienced being lifted out of the mire of their previous thinking, to help us climb out. We must hold every thought captive in order to steer our cars onto new roads using clean tires. We are holding every thought captive so that we no longer experience being stuck in the ruts of our minds.
Written by Jackell.