That phrase is usually said to a person who wasn’t thinking.
I encourage you to consider using that phrase in a different way. Have you ever reacted in a way that surprised you, or have you made a choice you regretted? Instead of berating yourself and giving in to the judgmental words like
- “I am so stupid.”
- “What is wrong with me?”
- “I will never get it right.”
“Take every thought captive into the obedience of Christ." (2 Corinthians 10:5)
A simple way to picture this is to think of a bug catcher that children use to capture bugs, fireflies, butterflies and such. The meaning of capturing or catching implies that freedom is limited and under another’s control. When you “catch” a thought you can then begin to understand why you feel and act the way you do.
Dr. Caroline Leaf has spent her life studying how God created our mind. She teaches about a “landing strip” in our mind that allows us to think about what we our thinking. Everything starts with a thought but not every thought is our own or we wouldn’t have to capture them.
We have an enemy that continues to influence our thoughts which affect our emotions that determine our behavior. As we get better at catching our thoughts we can live more in obedience to Christ.