Dichotomy
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Hebrews 4:12
They called it the “Blue Screen of Death”. When a computer, for no apparent reason, decided to crash. A blue screen would appear and we couldn’t do anything to get out of that dreaded blue screen. Most of the time we would have to do a hard boot to restart the computer. And, everything we had been working on before the blue screen of death showed up, was lost. The reason why computers crashed was that two bits of information attempted to occupy the same space in memory at the same time. The computer had no way of reconciling the two bits of information, so it crashed.

People also have a blue screen of death. No, our eyes don’t turn Microsoft blue and then someone has to push a button to restart us. But, we do have something called dichotomous thinking. A dichotomy is when two opposing thoughts are happening at the same time. Recovering people tend to struggle with dichotomous thinking, especially when we’re just beginning the recovery process. An example of dichotomous thinking would be – “I want my life to change, but I still want to hang onto some of the baggage.” Or, “I like being free, but I have these other addictions I’m not ready to give up.”

The human mind is complex and wonderful. God gave us the amazing gift of a complex and wonderful mind. Our minds can seek solutions and be the catalysts for change, or our minds can get stuck in loops and be the destroyers of our worlds. Christ gives us a way out of this dichotomy. Some of the changes needed in our thinking can happen quickly and easily. Others may take some time. Recovery is a process and not a quick fix. But with recovery in Christ, we can be assured that we will not continue to crash and experience that old blue screen of death.

Written by Jackell

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Father God, thank You for taking away any old thoughts from my old way of life and completely replacing those thoughts with new, healthier toughts. Please help me to stay focused on Your will and on serving You. I pray all this in Your Son’s name. Amen.

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