For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he. Proverbs 23What you think about is who you really are. If you're in the habit of letting your thoughts dwell on the negative — how hard something is, how mean someone is, and so forth — that habit will manifest itself in many ways that will eventually shape you and lead to a life you didn't plan on.
Many people "end up" in situations and with dispositions that they never dreamed of — and it all started with their thoughts. The thoughts we think in our heart, are revealed in the choices we make, the words we speak and a the attitude we keep.
The good news is that we have God's Word and it tells us exactly how we can regulate our attitude. How can we make it more consistently pleasing to God and others?
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Phillipians 4:6
The Word of God also tells us what to think about.
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Phillipians 4:7,8God is giving us basic directions for life here.
- What should you do when you're frustrated, upset, sad made, defeated, overwhelmed, angry, etc: pray, give supplication (asking humbly) with thanksgiving. The result? The peace of God keeps your heart and mind through Christ.
- God expects us to choose the thoughts we think about not just think about whatever pops in there. People filter their water more than their thoughts.
- is it true?
- good report?
- praise worthy?
When our thoughts are soft and in accord with God's plan for peace and joy, our daily habits will reflect his glory. Our frame of reference will be on the awesomeness of God and not the nothingness of man.
Let's think on good things today.