I've been working on a Guest Post for 5 Minutes for Faith on taking our thoughts captive and I know that I need to keep the article at 500 words or less. But the more I work on it the more words keep adding up! There is a famous saying among writers that we must "kill our little darlings" - meaning we need to edit ruthlessly and delete the sentences and sometimes whole paragraphs even though we love them dearly.
Having too many words and ideas for a project is better than staring at an empty screen with zero words on it though, and I love the challenge of cutting away the extra verbiage in order to craft a piece that is worthy of a great site like 5 Minutes for Faith.
But I also love this message and I am living it now, so ideas keep popping up as I go through my day and I practice 'taking my thoughts captive." For instance what about these word-pictures to describe controlling our thought life?:
Taking our thoughts captive is like:
- A pre-school playground after the sugary snack.
- Telling yourself not to picture a purple elephant.
- Keeping 25 kittens in a box.
- Nailing jello to a tree.
- The "Octomom" must feel all the time!
- What a sheep dog must feel like while corralling the sheep.
I know that it is possible and probably much easier than any of those examples. I also know that it takes intentional choosing and cannot be done in a lazy or half-hearted style. And it cannot be done alone or simply by using our will power.
We need a secret weapon...
Now if could just get that giant purple elephant to go away!
PS-If all goes well, my article will be live on July 10th!
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