Our Thoughts Determine How We Live (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 349)
Proverbs 4:23 (NLT)
Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.
Our lives are largely shaped by the thoughts that flow from our minds and the inner workings that come from our hearts. You cannot become all that you were made to be until you understand the power your thoughts and conscience have in your life. God made us the way we are and gave us the challenge to guard our minds and hearts so that it rejects the evil that tries to infiltrate it and embrace the good that tries to enter.
Our thoughts and our conscience have power in our lives because it determines how we behave, what we say, and the ways in which we react and respond to situations and people. Anger, hate, and frustration do not just happen. It all begins in our hearts and minds. We are the way we are and act the way we act not solely because of biological or environmental influences, but largely from internal factors. What we allow in our hearts and minds will be what comes out of our lives.
Scripture tells us, “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” If you spoke some of your thoughts to some of your friends as often and as long as those thoughts flow through your mind, you probably would not be friends with those people anymore. Why? Because very often, our thoughts are filled with deception, manipulation, and other forms of evil. It is also filled with the negativity of other people and the more we wallow in those thoughts, the deeper it sinks in and becomes part of who we are.
Thoughts are powerful and that’s why we have to guard our minds on a consistent basis. What you allow into your mind will come out in your life. If you think you’re going to fail, then most likely you are. If you think you’re not good enough, then you’ll never reach your potential. If you are so worried something won’t work out, then most likely it won’t work out. If you think you’ll never get there, you’ll never get there. We change our lives by first changing our thinking.
“The greatest day in your life and mine is when we take total responsibility for our attitudes. That’s the day we truly grow up.”
— John C. Maxwell