Claw Machine

Capture device for soft toys on background of heap of toys

Your thoughts are more like a claw machine than you might think. What our mind pulls up is sometimes the machine on autopilot like the ones in local stores around here. They show off the machines function by randomly setting it to mill around the machine, never actually grabbing anything. What our mind pulls up is sometimes triggered by something in our environment-something someone said or we saw-and we may or may not have wanted to grab ahold of that thought. Sometimes our mind malfunctions, like with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and we keep pulling up something we didn’t want in the first place. In all of these cases, learning the release on the claw machine (I know, they don’t really have them in real life) is critical. Letting go of a thought and dropping it back in the machine-that can take a lot of effort, sometimes the help of a mental health professional, and, above all, prayer.

Many times, though, what we pull up isn’t an accident. Many times, what we pull up is our own choice. In these times, what we think about is a reflection of what we’re trying to grab. What ends up in the deposit box if a reflection of this thinking. It’s what happens in your alone time and in the time you’re acting like you’re engaged with someone or something, but you’re really thinking about something else. The “prizes” you carry home with you are what you spend your time trying to grab. These prizes are always a secret between you and God. You are the only two who know about them. As you react to the prizes you get, others may suspect what you’re thinking about, but most of the time, no one will know for sure. Only you and God.

I don’t know about you, but it’s so easy for my mind to go on “auto-pilot” and lose these precious moments of pulling thoughts I really want to have to mind. It’s also easy for my mind to slip into aggressive worries and regrets of the past rather than purposefully mining for treasure. Whatever your mind is doing, know that there is hope.

God commands us to love Him with all of our mind. We’ve all chosen to sin and we’re all fallen, so no one except Christ will ever fully do this in this life. But we can strive to know Him more. Every time we let go of a thought we didn’t want, to search for the truth of God, we’re learning how to love Him with more of our thought life. Every time we capture a thought for Christ, we show that we’re serious about loving God with our minds.

It’s time to recognize the claw machine within your head-and start targeting the thoughts you’re proud for God to see you think, and prizes you’re glad to give to the King.

. . we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:5, NIV)

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