October 21, 2009 at 12:03 am 1 comment

My thoughts control my life. 

I’ve always sort of known that, but I’ve been thinking about it more and more lately.  (Does it sound strange to say that I’m thinking about what I’m thinking about?)  Thoughts become words, and words become actions. 

I was talking with my dad the other day about how I’m realizing that I am very ineffectual at changing my own life.  I can’t change my heart, as much as I want to; I can’t change the things I want to change – like my pride – through sheer determination.  I must be continually going back to the foot of the cross, acknowledging that I can’t do anything on my own, but embracing the work God is doing in my life, and letting Him do everything.

And all that is very, very true.  But my dad offered this piece of wisdom in addition:

“You’re right, you can’t change your heart on your own,” he said, “but you can’t forget the one thing you can change: your thoughts.  We’re the only creatures that can specifically choose what to think about and dwell on.  The more you dwell on things that honor God, the more you are drawing close to Him and the more He can work in your life.” 

That never occurred to me before, but it makes sense.  After all, the more I think about things that don’t honor God, the more I’ll focus my life around those things, and the farther I’ll drift.  But the more I ask him to help me focus on things that are pleasing and honoring, the more I’ll draw near.

And then I realized that the Bible also has a lot to say on this – from Philippians 4:8 (“Whatever is true, whatever is noble…right…pure…think on these things”), 2 Corinthians 5:10 (“We take captive every thought that sets itself up against the knowledge of God”), and Romans 12:2 (“Don’t copy the behaviors and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think”), for a start. 

Clearly, God cares about my thoughts.

The question is, do I?  Does it even occur to me that I should be monitoring the kinds of thoughts that I allow into my mind, the ones that I’m dwelling on and meditating on?  I don’t think we can control the thoughts that pop into our minds, but we can decide whether to keep thinking about them or immediately hand it over to God and redirect our thoughts in a better direction. 

But it’s hard.  Because I often forget, or flat-out want to think about those tempting things.  And yet, the more God brings it to my mind to pay attention, and be conscious of what I’m dwelling on, the easier it is to redirect my thoughts.

I’m just learning about this road – I’m not far along at all.  I just discovered it.  But I do know that being careful with my thoughts is helping me on the gratefulness scale.  And it’s helping me maintain my emotional purity.  I’m just a very emotionally-wired girl, like everyone else, perhaps, but that means I need to be especially careful when my mind takes off and is imagining five years down the road.  It’s hard to guard my heart when I’m always jumping ahead to fantasy land!

And these are the thoughts jumping around in my head this Tuesday night.  In terms of college news, you should be happy to hear that the snow melted, it’s 60 degrees, and I was carving pumpkins and listening to Christmas music at the same time on Sunday.  And I have less than a month until Thanksgiving break, and I’m trying to concoct a costume for Halloween.  Because I haven’t dressed up in about ten years, and I kinda want to be Belle for the Cru (or Navs) party.  We’ll see.

Now I should study, hmmm?

grace & peace,



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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Teacherperson  |  October 26, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    What an excellent thing to think on! We may not be able to control all, but do we control the one thing that influences us the most, our thoughts?

    Great stuff!


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