Long time ago, a king of a far far away land commanded the soldiers to keep this stone in position all day. The command simply being “not to let the stone down the hill” because it had previously destroyed the village that was build at the bottom of the hill. As the kingdom thrived and generation came and went the lesson of the stone’s history was forgotten.
The now soldiers thought this was a boring assignment one day this soldier decided to be adventurous and play with his assignment. He rolled the stone and caught it before it built momentum and restored in its place. This continued as he kept pushing the limits as his confidence grew. He loved his job now the thrill of running after the stone was all he looked forward to; his enthusiasm of stone guarding caught the eye of his captain who assigned him guarding it as his permanent posting.
The chase continued and this day he caught the stone mid-hill what he noted was that as the stone moved further downward the hill the momentum was faster and he exerted more energy both to catch it and move it up the hill to its original position. He decided to occupy himself otherwise because he saw the danger ahead. He began comprehending the damage the stone would cause to the village should the stone roll all the way down.
Several month the mundane of his job got to him and he tried rolling the stone again and catch it, unfortunately his body was not fit as it used to be; so he ran after the stone and he almost grasped it but slipped his hand and the next thing he heard were screams and collapsing houses and the crop flattened. It had destroyed everything in its path.
The best position is always to leave the stone in its original place; but if you as this has already moved the stone. Then this is for you.
Addictions in many ways are like this stone, and individuals as like this soldier. In many cases, for fun or whatever reason one begins watching porn-which in itself is exciting and thrilling. Then the game continues from often to frequent and sometimes to daily indulgence. Once in a while a person glimpses the danger of their habit and stops for a while but often comes back to porn. This continues until one day the individual realizes they cannot stop the habit, they cannot catch the stone and by now the impact of their ‘game’ has become catastrophic.
Thought stopping is a technique that is aimed at stopping behavior by controlling it at the thought process. It helps if you can stop one thought by switching to another. Every action we do starts with a thought- eating, going to work, saying hello, all these starts with a thought. For every person watching porn, their habit on every instance start with a thought.
Before I watched porn, I often wrestled with the thoughts for days and by the third day the deal was signed, it was like stopping the stone and the bottom of the hill; by then no will power would stop me. I had been preoccupied that all I thought of.
As I began getting healed I realized that every time I stopped the thought as soon as it began nothing was going to take place. There is power in thought stopping or as the Bible says in 2 Corinthians 10 – 5. “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” NIV
Today I want to challenge you whether its in the area of forgiveness, addiction, anger, when that thing you are trying to stop comes into your live then stop at the very beginning at the thought. These therefore I what you should think about…..
Philippians 4 – 8. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. – NIV
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