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Sep 24, 2014

What Are You Thinking?

You likely have a thousand thoughts running through your mind each day. Many are occurring one after the other, a split second apart, often in rapid succession. You may be reading this and be thinking about something else right now. Thoughts are powerful and they precede actions. Actions speak louder than words, but thoughts start the process of the words you speak and the actions you take or fail to take. 

Thoughts can be motivating. They can be constructive or destructive, positive or negative. Paul tells us in the letter he wrote to the Philippians to fix our thoughts on what is pure and lovely and to dwell on the fine and good things in others. So what are you thinking? Maybe you have flight of ideas or scattered thinking because your life is chaotic, busy and taken up by activity. Your thoughts may be focused on concerns, worry, questions or negativity.  Even still, you may not know what you are thinking because you are distracted by text messages, Twitter feeds, Facebook updates and email messages. 

You might consider keeping a thought journal to capture your thinking once a day or stopping and being mindful to focus on your thoughts. Note how much time is spent on the pure and lovely. If it is not very much, you need to make a more conscious effort to alter your thinking. Time spent on positive, pure and lovely thinking can set the stage for blessings and goodness. God wants to bless you and He can shine through you when you are filled up to overflowing with positive thoughts.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things." Philippians 4:8

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