What’s on your mind? What do you dwell on or obsess over? What thoughts distract you from doing what you know you should do? What, when and how do you think about God? What do you think about others? What do you believe about yourself? What are thinking about right now?
Every choice you make is a reflection of how you think.
There’s a simple pattern:
- The words we know determine the thoughts we think.
- The thoughts we think influence the attitudes of our heart.
- The attitudes of our heart affect the choices we make.
- The choices we make define the character we develop.
- The content of our character becomes the legacy we leave behind.
If you want a better legacy, develop better character. If you want stronger character, make better choices. If you want to make better choices improve your attitude. If you want a better attitude renew your mind. Think better thoughts. If you want to think more clearly, if you want to have better thoughts, find better words.
This is more significant than the power of positive thinking. It’s not pie-in-the-sky, Pollyanna, ignore-reality, fairy-tale thoughts designed to distract or deceive you from the truth.
It’s about right thinking and thinking right. Its thinking about things the way God does.
Imagine if the words you knew were God’s Word. Your thoughts would become God’s thoughts. You attitudes would be transformed into godly attitudes. Your choices would reflect wisdom and simple obedience. Your character would be defined by the fruit of the Spirit and your legacy would last into eternity.
This is why Scripture talks about how you think so much. Here are a few verses that remind us how to think and give us a pattern for how to learn better words.
“Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven…” – Colossians 3:1-2 (NLT)
“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” – Romans 12:2 (NLT)
“And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” – Philippians 4:8 (NLT)
“We break down every thought and proud thing that puts itself up against the wisdom of God. We take hold of every thought and make it obey Christ.” – 2 Corinthians 10:5 (NLV)
“I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” – Psalm 119:11 (NLT)
What thoughts will consume you today? How will you let God change your mind today?
Thank you for doing more than saving me. You have shown me how to follow you more closely each day. You’ve given me the strength to do it. You’ve given me your Word and told me your thoughts about how life, about how your world really works. I pray that today I would learn from and trust your word. Help me memorize your word. Through your Spirit you’ve placed your word in my heart, now take the specifics of your written word and help me write those words in my mind. I want to honor you today with my words, thoughts and choices.
I love you, in Jesus name –
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