At age 10, I began to experience a reoccurring nightmare. Maybe I watched one too many scary movies, but each night I was awaken in the same manner. Whether I was restless or enjoying a peaceful sleep, an image appeared out of no where. First, I felt the sensation of slipping off a cliff. Once I reached a free fall mode, I was at ease until the ground came into view. Just before striking the canyon floor, my body shook, waking me up. This went on for nearly 2 years. Why, I’m not sure. Perhaps, God allowed these thoughts to enter my mind to lead me toward the meaning of life.
A couple of years ago, I was driving my family home after vacationing in Chicago for a week. It was getting late, the sun had set and everyone in the car was asleep. I was traveling on the Ohio Turnpike, heading east toward the Maumee River. As I was approaching the river valley, a whisper entered my mind, “drive off the bridge.” Shocked initially, it didn’t take long to determine the origin of this thought. Similar to the Dana Carvey’s Church Lady skit on Saturday Night Live, “could it be Satan?”
Over the course of a lifetime, the mind will become weary, bombarded with a plethora thoughts. If individuals are careless, lazy or tempted, souls are vulnerable. When you try to fight a spiritual battle with mental discipline, sooner or later you will lose. Therefore, its essential to practice 2 Corinthians 10:3-5, by taking your thoughts captive. Whether thoughts are from God, Satan or your own sinful desires, how you respond to them will dictate the path that you choose.
by Jay Mankus