Courage: Be a Captain, Not a Captive

“The victim personifies an emotionally dependent person because she’s a captive of her reactions rather than a captain of her actions.” (The Courage to Be Yourself: A Woman’s Guide to Emotional Strength and Self-Esteem by Sue Patton Thoele)

Are you a captive?

Are you sometimes a captive of your reactions and not a captain of your actions? I know I am when I spring back into the victim mode. Someone’s words or actions trigger bad memories and reactions, and those negative thoughts, like pirates, take captive of the ship of my being. And sometimes I let them, without putting up a fight. I don’t always perceive them as a danger, because I have become too comfortable with them. So I allow them to inhabit my ship. Or if I do recognize them as a threat to my well-being and that of others, I’m afraid to confront them.

Put on your captain hat.

Wait! Where’s my captain hat? Hasn’t my God given me access to the power to “take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ”? (II Corinthians 10:5b) Through Christ Jesus and His unconditional love and sacrifice, I have the power. OK, you negative thoughts, out you go. You don’t belong here. I am the captain of this helm, and I pledge allegiance to the Captain of my salvation!

Trust God as the Ultimate Captain of your salvation.

Are you feeling like a helpless captive with no control over your emotions and reactions? Do those negative, self-depreciating thoughts consume you and suck out your significance? Whatever has happened to you in life that started those thoughts was not something God wanted to happen. He only desires your well-being and He wants you to grasp and cling to the courage that is available in Him. To believe in who He created you to be. To be a captain of your actions and take hold of the helm of your life. To trust Him as the Ultimate Captain of your salvation.

“I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]” (Amplified Bible)

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