Last fall I got an email from the kid’s school that said something like, “Hey parents, we have had a few students in the upper grades contract head lice.  Please check your children before sending them to school.”  I didn’t really think much about it.  My kids are in the lower grades.  I let a few weeks pass by and one night, Graham was standing near me and so I thought I would check him for head lice.  As I was checking his scalp, all of the sudden, a white thing jumped out of his hair.

OH MY GOSH!!  We have lice.  We have lice!  I immediately went and got one of those head lice kits from CVS.  I put the shampoo on Graham’s head and then I remembered I had seen a news segment on tv about companies that remove head lice for you.  I decided to do a google search. Sure enough, one popped up about 20 minutes from my house.  I immediately dialed their number.

Now by this time it was 8 pm, but I thought I would at least leave a message.  Then a voice on the other line picked up.

“Pediatric hair solutions.  How can I help you?”

“I think my son has head lice.” I said.

“Ok, tell me what you saw,” she said.

“I saw a white bug leap out of his hair,”  I replied.

“Ok, well how many people are in your household?”

I proceeded to tell her all the ages of the people in our household.  She went on to tell me that it was unlikely that my husband and baby had lice and then she said, “but ma’am, you should know that 80% of care givers and siblings of a child with lice have it as well.”

My stomach sank.  My head suddenly itched.  I have lice.  Oh Lord Jesus, I have lice.  My hair will never be the same again.  I may even have to shave it off!  ”When’s your next available appointment?” I asked.

“Tomorrow at 2.”

“We’ll be there.”

I rinsed the shampoo off Graham’s hair and we all went to bed scratching our heads.  I hardly slept my head itched so bad.  The next day I felt contaminated.  Contagious.  I felt like I was walking around with the plague.  And my head would not stop itching.  2 o’clock could not come fast enough.

Elijah, Graham and I walked into the hair solutions place.  Talk about feeling like you are in a contaminated environment.  This was worse than the waiting room at the pediatricians office.  They called our name.  Graham hopped in the chair.  After about 5 minutes of examination, the woman said, “He has dandruff.”

“Are you sure?” I asked.

“I’m 100%” she said.

“Ok, check me.” I said.

“I can check you but it is going to cost you another $20 and I can tell you right now, you don’t have lice.” she said.

I’m cheap so I didn’t have her check Elijah and me.  As I was paying for Graham’s head check, a woman behind me said, “Are you Holly Furtick?!! We go to Elevation!  Kind of an odd place to meet you but we are all here for the same reason, right?”

ARE YOU KIDDING ME?????  Of course my day would end like this.

I went on to talk to the lady.  She was so sweet.  I always love meeting people who go to our church even if it is in the head lice place or a public bathroom.

What is my point in telling this long story?  2 Corinthians 10:5 tells us to take every thought captive and make it obedient to Christ.

It is not “New Age” to believe that negative thinking is unhealthy.  It is a fact.  It is scientifically proven that what we think about effects us physically and emotionally.  Whether your thoughts are consumed with worry, fear, condemnation, or even just complaining and discontentment, you can actually create that reality for yourself.

If you spend your day thinking about all the things your husband does that annoy you, you are not going to be excited to see him when he comes home from work.

If you wake up in the morning dwelling on how badly behaved your children are, and how many times you are going to have to punish them today, chance are, that is what your day will be like.

If you head to work dreading your job and the people you have to interact with, you are going to walk into office with attitude of negativity and disdain.

If you walk around your house thinking about all the things you don’t have, you will never be able to enjoy the things you do have.

And if you think you have head lice, your head is going to start itching!

The great thing is, when I sought a professional opinion, my head stopped itching.  And as cheesy as this sounds, as Christians, we have been given a professional! The Holy Spirit is our Counselor!

When you go to the Counselor, he can remind you that you are fearfully and wonderfully made.  (Ps 139:14)

When you go to the Counselor, he can remind you that you have nothing to fear. (Is 41:10)

When you go to the Counselor, he can remind your children are a gift. (Ps 127:3)

When you go to the Counselor, he can remind you that you are BLESSED! (Deut 28:1-8)

Don’t allow negative thinking to keep you from living the life that God meant for you to enjoy!  If you would like to read more about the danger of toxic thoughts and how to actually take captive your thoughts, I love this article by Dr. Caroline Leaf.