Over the years (and through the school of hard knocks) I have learned an invaluable lesson: whatever we focus on, we become. Wherever we put our energies or our attention, those things will develop. Another way I like to say it is, “Where the mind goes, the man follows!”
Michael Jordon said it something like this… for something to happen in real life, it must first happen in one’s mind.
When I start thinking about frozen yogurt, I will soon find myself in my car heading toward Sweet Frog! Our thoughts stir our desires and emotions, and soon after this our decisions will follow them.
If we focus only on the negative things in our lives, we become negative bitter people. Everything, including our conversations, becomes negative, harsh and judgmental. And before we know it, our joy is lost and it all started with our own thinking.
You might be experiencing some problems in life–not realizing that you are creating them yourself by what you’re choosing to think about. I challenge you to think about what you’re thinking about and to purposely choose positive thoughts.
Even if you are discouraged and depressed and find it impossible to break the cycle. If you will examine your thought life, you will find that you are feeding the negative emotions you are feeling. Negative thoughts are fuel for discouragement, depression, and many other unpleasant emotions (fear, anxiety, stress, anger…).
Thoughts are a matter of CHOICE, we should choose our thoughts carefully. We can choose to think about what is wrong with our lives or about what is right with them. We can choose to think about what is wrong with all the people we are in relationship with or we can see the good and meditate on that. As we begin to focus on the good, our emotions will change and so will our decisions and outcomes.
What do you think God would have you do with your thought life to live a life filled with peace?
For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he… Proverbs 23:7a
‘He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered. ‘ Proverbs 28:26