I knew they were there, but I tried to ignore them and deny their existence. They controlled how I felt in the morning, and when I went to sleep. They would often cause my emotions to feel out of control, making me feel out of control, too. They would dictate how I reacted to situations. They often caused me to feel offended, angry or hurt, whether it was truly justified or not. They never ceased to remind me of my flaws and they constantly tried to pull me down with discouragement or hopelessness, stealing my peace and joy. They are my thoughts.

“Be careful what you think, because your thoughts run your life.” Proverbs 23:7

Solomon wrote to his own sons, not about royal matters like how to handle money or best tips for leading the kingdom, but of more important things, controlling their thoughts.

Whatever our minds focus on is what will eventually shape who we are. Our thoughts turn into feelings that have the power to control our lives, gradually steering us and possibly our faith, in a direction we do not want to go. It’s often our thoughts, not our circumstances, which cause us to sink. When you intentionally change your thoughts, your life changes as well.

"Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things." Philippians 4:8