“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD . For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: so shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it”.(Isaiah 55:8-11 KJV).
The Direction Of Our Thoughts (Think On These Things)
The superiority of our thoughts is impressive. Our thoughts are to our lives what a control tower is to a pilot as he/she flies a plane; guiding and directing our character, our conduct and our conversations. Proverbs 23:7 states, “For as a man calculates the cost of himself, this is what he does: He tells you, “eat and drink,” but he does not mean it. Therefore, if we want to change the direction of our lives we need to change our thoughts to harmonize our direction.
The “great news is that what we think about is ours choice.!” We can choose to “think” noble thoughts or salacious thoughts. It is our choice. It is a choice we need to make circumspectly because the rest of our lives as God’s masterpiece, will be influenced by our thoughts. Successful living is birthed in successful thinking; living in hope comes from hopeful thinking and the list goes on.
Our behavior is a result of our pattern of thinking to change our behavior or to change our direction, simply begins by changing our thinking pattern. Change our thoughts and we change our direction. The Bible tells us this, “be transform by the renewing of our minds.”:
Therefore, We need to:
Realize we have the mind of Christ;
Resolve to think positive or right thoughts;
Refuse to think about some things and; Replace our thoughts with God’s thoughts.
God has given us free will, including the ability to influence the direction and the tone of our thoughts. And, here’s how God wants us to direct those thoughts: “Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable–if there is any moral excellence and if there is any praise—dwell on those things.” (Philippians 4:8)
The quality of our attitude well help determine the quality of our lives so we must guard our thoughts accordingly. If we make up our mind to approach life with a healthy mixture of realism and optimism, we will be rewarded. But, if we allow ourselves to fall into the unfortunate habit of negative thinking, we will doom ourselves to unhappiness, or mediocrity or worse. So, the next time we find ourselves dwelling upon the negative aspects of our lives, we should refocus our attention on things positive. That is the wise way to direct
I, became aware of one very important concept I had missed before: MY ATTITUDE–
not my CIRCUMSTANCES—was what was making me unhappy. (Vionette Bright)