Thursday, February 28, 2008

THINKING

THE POWER OF THOUGHTS

 

“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.”

(Philippians 4:8)

 

I'm sure, like me, you have been to an entertainment center where

they have crooked mirrors that make you look extremely tall and thin

or just the opposite. The image the mirror projects can be hilarious.

 

However, life is not so funny if we have “crooked” thinking. If we do,

we will never see things the way they are. We will see them the way we are.

Our twisted thinking becomes our perception of reality and in our mind

that is reality. And this can be as far from the truth as is the image in the

crooked mirror at the entertainment center. Our thinking makes it so.

 

As the saying goes,

“You are not what you think you are but what you think you are!”

 

Or to punctuate this sentence correctly:

“You are not what you think you are, but what you think, you are!”

 

The reality is that what we keep thinking about -- for better or for worse,

for good or for evil -- we will become for “what the mind dwells on

the body acts on!”

 

Remember, too, as Norman Vincent Peale said, “Change your thoughts

and you change your world.”

 

Any wonder the Bible teaches us to choose our thoughts carefully

and to discipline our thinking wisely!

 

Suggested prayer: “Dear God, help me to realize the power of my thoughts

and help me to consistently concentrate on thoughts that are true, honest,

just, pure, lovely, and that are of good report as encouraged by your Word.

Gratefully in Jesus' name. Amen.”

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