Thoughts

Thoughts: the process of thinking; reasoning; considering; imagining; creating

We become what we think about most of the time.  Earl Nightingale

Change your thoughts and you change your world.  Norman Vincent Peale

Nurture your mind with great thoughts, for you will never go any higher than you think.  Benjamin Disraeli

   As far as we know we are the only creature that is self-aware. This means we can think. We are able to produce ideas, images and complex mental concepts through thinking. We actually create the world in which we live as a result of the thoughts we are producing.

     Psychologists believe that our personal version of reality is created by the type of thoughts we think. The life we live is greatly affected by our thought processes. What we create mentally becomes our reality. We have millions if not billions of thoughts that pass through our minds. We create our reality based on the overall nature of all the thoughts that come and go. Common sense says that we should want the best thoughts possible in order that we might create the best version of reality possible. This means filtering out negative and harmful thoughts.

     We should want to control our thinking process in order to get the best possible results. It would be desirable to have “bells and whistles” sound off when we have negative or undesirable thoughts. Even if we are less than perfect in avoiding negative and undesirable thinking, the more we think good and desirable thoughts the more we are affecting the net overall results in positive ways. The more seriously we take responsibility for our thought process the better we will do in creating better mental concepts.

     Many of us do not take this responsibility seriously enough. We continue to allow too many negative influences to affect our thinking. Our senses are continuously feeding our mental process. Negative influences are bad and positive influences are good. We tend to be mentally lazy and do not carefully control and monitor the negative, undesirable, degrading, and unwholesome influences that have access to us through our senses. All of these on-going influences are the food that feeds our thought process. The better the food, the healthier the thinking and the better the outcome will be.

     Just as we are increasingly encouraged to engage in good nutrition and physical exercise in order to be physically healthy, the same thing applies to good mental health. We should become very proactive and responsible in what we allow to influence our thinking. We should practice good mental self-discipline. Whatever we allow to go on inside our heads will tend to become the kind of reality we find ourselves living in.

Challenge:  You are responsible for the person you have become. You are being influenced by the quality and nature of your thoughts. Become aware, responsible and proactive in creating and controlling a better thought process. Improve your influences as well as your thinking, and you change and improve the world in which you live. You are continuously maintaining or creating your reality through the thoughts you are thinking.   

Wisdom:  It isn’t what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about.  Dale Carnegie

Spiritual: (NIV)

In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:6

 For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7

And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John 8:32

 We live in two worlds, the physical which exists for a short time, and the spiritual which lasts forever. The secular world influences us in more ways than we can comprehend. It makes us into something much less than God intends us to be. It is like quicksand which pulls us down and imprisons us. God give us strength and courage to free ourselves from the muck and mire. He gives us what we need to live life victoriously.             

Prayer:  May the Holy Spirit give me the power to be a good steward of the thought processes within me.                           

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