It’s funny how at first I thought I was being so original when I called what I was experiencing an “emotional snowball”. I remember coining the term to my daughter, like I had just discovered a new way to describe expanding emotions. I hadn’t heard the term before, but it really was the best way that I could think of to express how I’d feel at these moments. I was becoming very aware of this snowball effect. And when you become aware of something, you know you’re in a good position to fix it. I noticed that when one thing would go wrong, it would shift my entire mindset into a negative place. Then I would notice that other wrong things would closely follow. It was almost as if I could feel a gravitational pull of wrong things coming at me. Just like a rolling ball of snow growing larger and larger. And then that’s a solid sign that I needed to shift my mindset back to good things. Back to godly things. Back to Christ.
We must take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. II Corinthians 10:4-6 NKJV says: “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.”
Hebrews 12:1-2 NIV tells us to run the race of life with perseverance and keep our eyes fixed on Jesus while doing so: “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
Once you have the first inclination that you’re entering into an emotional snowball, immediately shift your thoughts back to God. Don’t allow the snowball to grow any larger. Watch how quickly meditating on God’s word can change your emotions back to a good place and start melting the snowball.
Philippians 4:8-9 NLT tells us this: “Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.”
And let’s close with this wonderful promise: “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” Romans 12:2 NLT