Dear Younger Me,
The thoughts you think don’t define you. When a broken, ugly thought enters your mind, put it to rest. Renounce it, and lay it down at the feet of the Lord because you know the Truth. Unfortunately, in this broken world, you can’t expect to live a life free from evil, and sometimes you’ll find that your thoughts can be broken, too. Don’t entertain the junk, don’t let it have you. Choose Truth, choose to chase the goodness of God. Choose to believe not the thoughts that come in, but the facts of what you know in God. You also know that fear and anxiety and evil don’t get to win in you. In 2 Timothy it says, “for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” Some translations have the words “sound mind” in place of “self-control.” Your enemy would love nothing more than to have your mind, so you must put on your armor, and fight the lies and the doubts and the ugly thoughts with the Word of God. Press in to God and rejoice in Him, knowing your battle is won and He loves and delights in when you choose to hold onto the Truth.