Thoughts

DSC_5166The 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. Because we are self-aware, we can think and are able to produce ideas, images and complex mental concepts through our thinking. We actually create the world in which we live as a result of the thoughts we have previously produced and continue to produce.

Psychologists believe our version of reality is created by the type of thoughts we think. The life we live is greatly affected by our thinking process. What we create mentally eventually becomes our reality. Millions if not billions of thoughts passing through our minds. Instinctively our reality is based on the overall nature of all our thoughts that come and go. Common sense says we should want to think the best thoughts possible that we might create our very best version of reality possible. This means we should filter out negative and harmful thoughts.

We should want to control our thinking process in order to try 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 outcome in positive ways. The more seriously we take responsibility for the quality of our thought process the better we will do in creating better mental concepts.

Many do not take this responsibility seriously enough. We continue to allow too many negative influences to affect our thinking. All our senses continuously feed our mental process. Negative influences are bad; positive influences are good. We are too mentally lazy and do not control and monitor negative, undesirable, degrading, and unwholesome influences that have access to us through our senses. All of these influences are the food that feeds our thought processes. The better the food, the healthier the thinking and the better the outcomes.

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 our good mental health. We should become proactive and more responsible in what we allow to influence our thinking. We should always practice good mental self-discipline. Whatever we allow inside our heads will tend to become the kind of reality we will find ourselves living in.

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

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)

I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.  Philippians 4:13

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 life which exists for a short time, and a spiritual life lasting forever. The secular world influences us in more ways than we comprehend. It drags us down and makes us into much less than God intends us to be. It is like quicksand pulling us down and imprisoning us. God will give us the strength and courage to free ourselves from the muck and mire. He will give us what we need to live this 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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