Pink elephants… I have been thinking about pink elephants. Do you think about pink elephants? Their trunks are cute, and their feet are huge. Sometimes, they have beady eyes and big eyelashes.
Oh! You don’t think about pink elephants. I probably wouldn’t either if there wasn’t a challenge not to think about pink elephants. You know the challenge. Somebody declares that you should NOT think about pink elephants, and then, keeps talking about pink elephants. Then, they asked you if you thought about pink elephants; and, most of the time, you did.
Some might consider this exercise annoying, but it can be considered an exercise in intentional thinking, which I am learning. I don’t want to be fearful or self-condemning, but it is hard not to be because naturally our thoughts become negative. Even though the statistics differ about how negative we are, most agree that we have more negative thoughts than positives ones. It is normal to think negatively like, “I am not good enough,” “I am not smart enough,” “I am not …”
I don’t want to be normal, (and I don’t think God wants us to be normal). I thought “normally” for many years, and through intentional thinking I am becoming more positive. I couldn’t have done it by myself. I have good friends and good resources that help me to identify these negative thoughts and how to change them.
One question that has helped me is “What if God did more than I ‘ask or think’ like the Bible said He would?”
Ephesians 3:14-21 ESV
“For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen” (emphasis mine).
God wants to give you strength, the love of Christ, and the fullness of God. He is working in you and though you. When you think about God (his love, his sacrifice, his goodness, his work, etc.), your thoughts change. When your thoughts change, you are better equipped to live like Christ and enjoy the more abundant life God has given you. So next time when someone tells you not to think about pink elephants, you can focus on God and want He wants to give you.
PS. A good resources to control your thought is most Christian music like “More Than I Can Imagine.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1U-Em75s4ow