Your thoughts are the mental movie that allows you see who you are and where you are going. Never think you can think something consistently and not go in that direction.
Proverbs 23:7 states, “For as he thinks in his heart, so he is.”
Well that’s you. That’s me.
It wasn’t until I read this verse that I learned people, no matter who they are, think with their heart. Not their head. We make connections and create judgments with our heart.
Why is that?
Because when something is thought, we immediately add emotion to it and then it drops into our heart. Our emotions then add our life story and narrative to it. This is how we gain perspective.
My friend Webster defines perspective as: “A particular attitude toward or way of regarding something; a point of view.”
When I met my wife, I saw her. I had thoughts about her and then immediately began to add my emotions to them. Good ones I might add. I quickly started to think more and more about her. The more I thought about her, the more I wanted to do whatever it took to hang out with her. I wanted to be around her as much as I could, without coming across weird.
You’ll notice that the only thing that caused me to take action is the thoughts I let drop into my heart. Without those thoughts formed in my heart, I would have never had the courage to pursue her. When things get into your heart you will begin to develop something new on the inside. Something you have never felt before. You will begin to see yourself act in ways you would have never dreamed possible. People might even start telling you, “Hey you seem different? What’s going on with you?” Or you might start desiring to distance yourself from people you once spent so much time with.
There are two sides to thinking though. Whether you think negative or positive thoughts, you will always gain momentum in one direction or the other. Always. There is no way for people to stay neutral, especially with your thoughts.
The Bible says that your heart dictates the course of your life and your heart is dictated by your thoughts. But how is this supposed to help you if you can’t apply it?
One thing I want you to do this week is to “Think about your thoughts.” Weird? I know. But just trust me here.
The next times you start getting down, stressed or start feeling anything negative, pause. Get quiet. And begin to think about the thoughts you are having. You will be amazed that just taking that one step will diffuse almost anything negative going on at that current moment.
This is what it means when the Bible says to take your thoughts captive. Do not let your thoughts keep you down! Your life is too valuable and filled with too much for you to let your thoughts get you off course!