If you don’t like where you are today, your circumstances and struggle in your thought life and with the words that come out of your mouth then here are some tips to help you to make some changes….
- Walk in Forgiveness – forgiveness of sin and forgiveness of others removes heartache and guilt from the past. Un-forgiveness and holding grudges hurts others, but mostly it hurts us and steals our joy and peace.
- Do a mental spring clean of your thought life. Keep an inventory of what you are thinking about. It may shock you when you consider what you spend your day thinking upon. We literally can change our lives by beginning to think different thoughts. I recommend as a starting place in your spring clean is to begin think on God’s word and His thoughts.
- Check the environment in which you live and who and what you surround yourself with. We are each a product of our environment. as it affects our values, priorities and lifestyles. What are you allowing in your life?
- Ask yourself, “what am I doing with my spare time?” How we spend our time will greatly determine what we are thinking about. The devil brings his greatest temptation to people when they have time on their hands. King David is a good example. He made one of the greatest errors of judgement of his life when he was meant to be fulfilling his role as King and leading His army into battle. Instead he stayed at home and in his spare time slept with another man’s wife, whom he got pregnant, which then led to the death of an innocent man. (2 Samuel 11). It takes discipline of character, focus and goals in life to correctly handle extra hours given in our day. One of the best things we can do for ourselves is to learn to have a healthy productive thought life, and to understand the importance of filling our free time with those things and people who will help us think right and encourage us to grow and achieve our goals.
- Who are your closest friends? The people we associate with will greatly determine how we think. A person’s character and values are often revealed to others by knowing a person’s closest friends. Peer pressure and the desire to belong can be one of the greatest influences upon our lives. Choose your friends well!
The simple exhortation from God’s Word to think on those things that are pure and noble and praise worthy can be used as an easy guideline for our thought life. It can become our standard as to who and what we associate closely with, how we fill our free time and any changes we may need to make in our surroundings.
As we think we change. What are you thinking about?
“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect”. (Romans 12:2)
“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)
Prayer: Lord please help me to honestly examine my thought life and give me wisdom to see where I need to make changes and the strength to be a person who chooses well. Please surround me with people who will help me to be the best I can be. In Jesus Name Amen.