What you think is who you are – True of False?
There is an old adage that says what you think is who you are. There are a lot of people who are skeptical about this but I have always wondered if they ever really took the time to think about it. If they would they probably discover a link between their thoughts and their actions.
If you do not believe me think about being tired and see what happens. Or how many times have you used thoughts to convince yourself that you are a certain way? Our mind is a small computer and if you GIGO put garbage in then you are going to get garbage out. Sticks and stone can break your bones but words can scar for life.
We are the sum of our thoughts no matter how much we want to admit it or try to deny it. When our computers the brain have been programmed with all manner of negative thought then it is going to be hard to change the way we are. That is why it is important to develop a good thought pattern early in life so you program your mind to be positive throughout your lifetime.
What you think is who you are – The Bible says
Hey don’t take my word as to the importance of thoughts, but lets look to a more important authority on thoughts, God:
In the Bible God tells us that:
1. From within, out of men's hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery - Mark 7:21 NIV
2. The purposes of a man's heart are deep waters, but a man of understanding draws them out - Proverbs 20:53
3. As water reflects a face, so a man's heart reflects the man - Proverbs 27:19
The word heart actually means our minds. The book of Proverbs has a lot to say about our hearts (minds). Our minds are the source of who we are so we must guard our thoughts That is why In Proverbs 4:23 we are warned “above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life”. The question then must be how do we guard our minds and
What you think is who you are – Helpful Techniques For Dealing With Thoughts
The first way to deal with our thoughts is to guard our heart with the Word of God. The Word of God shows us who we truly are and in so doing establishes for us a thought pattern correct and true and will also give us a right perspective on our relationship with the world and others.
The second way to deal with our thoughts is prayer. Prayer establishes for us a connection to God. We can talk to Him about our thoughts and we know he is always there listening and answering. If you ever want to see someone who knew the importance of talking to God in order to keep the right frame of mind read the Psalms of David.
The third way to deal with our thought is keeping the right friends. I do not want to sound harsh but in order to maintain a right thought pattern we must have the right friends. We need to have friends that edify us and build us up not tear us down with the wrong words and actions. I am not talking about friends who are just Christians I am talking about anybody you hang out with on a regular basis.
These are three of the ways you can guard your heart and mind and insure that you have a right thought pattern and a right mindset.
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