Wednesday, July 13, 2011


I get tired of junk mail. I do. Not in my actual mailbox, though. Ohhh, no. Those Miles Kimball catalogs can show up for eternity. I love those things!

But in my e-mail? Yuck.

Now, I don't have it as bad as my husband. My husband gets the nasty stuff—"male enhancement" and whatnot.  Which is funny because he never checks his e-mail. Mine is either stuff I signed up for and no longer want to get, or I get e-mails from overseas princes and people who "need my help."

I'm going through a phase right now where if I get an e-mail I don't want, I'll unsubscribe. Just *click*—take me off your list, please. Most of them stop. InStyle must know the state of my wardrobe, though, because they're unrelenting. Nobody needs sunglasses that big, OK?! Nobody!

But I digress.

Sometimes I wish my brain had an "unsubscribe" button. I have all these thoughts that come at me: some of them anxiety-related, some of them dredging up the past, some of them—OK, some of them dirty. I'll say it. It's like everything that I've ever seen on TV or in the movies—or even things I've imagined in a book—has been cataloged in my brain, and they come up at the worst times. The same ones will pop up over and over again, too.

I just want to click an "unsubscribe" button and make them stop.

Scripture talks about taking every thought captive, but I don't even want to take these captive. I don't want them to show up in the first place, let alone hang on to them and inspect them before I dismiss them. I know they're lousy. I know I don't need or want them in my brain.

I'm learning the importance of watching what I put into my eyeballs. Visually, I mean. Not, like, sharp objects. My brain is especially visual, so those pictures hang around forever and pop up when I least expect them. And least want them to.

Like in church, which is the worst.

How do you monitor what you take in? Any tips for unsubscribing from lousy thoughts?


  1. Hi Rachel - excellent analogy and I completely agree. I also seem to be mulling over the thoughts before I realize it then need to do the whole take captive thing. I too would like to unsubscribe. I suppose if we take positive measures, like verbally denounce a thought, then maybe it'll start realizing how serious we are and eventually leave us alone. Like, am I hungry? No, I'm not. Problem with that one, is I'm half way through a packet of chips before I remember to ask! So not the point, but thought I'd pop it in there.
    God bless

  2. We don't watch movies and t.v. shows that are going to place images in our brain that we don't need there.

  3. Put more good stuff in to reduce the percentage of bad stuff in there. The more powerful the good stuff, the more likely it will be recalled.

    Good luck filling up.

  4. We've really changed what we watch on tv. Especially since having children - which has made it easier, I think. If you are looking through your children's eyes, you get a whole new perspective on what's appropriate.

  5. Oh how I love this metaphor! Great post. Thank you, Rachel!

  6. This is a good post! I think "unsubscribe" and "delete" are two great words to know, lol!

    What comes to my mind is Phil. 4:8

    Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. NKJV

    I agree with Marland, fill up on the good stuff and eventually the bad stuff will be crowded out!

  7. You are a WONDERFUL writer!!! This is an excellent! I laughed my head off, and what a great point you make.

  8. Unsubscribing from the junk always takes resubscribing to TRUTH. Great post!

  9. I like what Eileen said. I have been sharing with many, that we have to be careful about what we PAY attention to. I am sure that some of the junk comes to hinder our focus on and hearing from God. I look at our journey with the Lord as a river constantly flowing, but sometimes things try to block the flow, we just need to have an awareness and develop the strength to over look it and keep flowing because we have an assignment to fulfill.

  10. What a powerful illustration! I'll be sure to think of it as I "delete" and "unsubscribe" to the junk that ends up in my email too!
    Thanks for sharing! :)

  11. We've definitely changed the things we watched. We avoid R-rated movies or violent TV shows. The trouble now is suppressing the stuff I've already got stashed in this unforgetting brain of mine!

  12. Iagree i wish I had an unsubscribe button too. What a great illustration.

  13. Delete those thoughts and images is a great idea! I just know the more I seem to dwell on getting rid of a thought, the more I think about it. :P Whatsoever is pure,.... I think that's why God has that verse in the Bible. He knows and wants to help us. Blessings**

  14. I absolutely adore the idea of unsubscribing from unwanted thoughts. Now if only I had any idea how to...


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