That scripture is a sure-fire remedy to “stinkin’ thinkin’.” Our thought life often sets the tone for how we act and respond. Athletes train themselves to visualize their success and focus on the positive outcome before they commit to their shot or some facet of their game or contest. Even Major League Baseball’s beloved Yogi Berra once said, “90% of the game is half-mental.” Yogi was known to verbalize his thinking in unique ways.
Paul in his letter to the Philippians provided some great advice that is just as relevant today as it was then. Set your mind to dwell or to think on the attributes of truth, honor, justice and purity. Focus on the good things, the excellent things and all that is worthy of praise. You might be surprised what this will do to your confidence and attitude. To harbor the opposites of these words shifts our focus to the negative … producing a critical spirit, worry, anxiety and judgment of our fellow man. Being in the presence of negative people can be draining and exhausting whereas those whose glass is “half-full” are so much more pleasant and fun to be around. Each of us need to check what we are projecting to the world around us.
Be reminded these things are the very character of Jesus Christ. These things are exactly what needs to be emulated and exhibited in our lives in this dark and needy world in which we live. If there is anyone that is True, Honorable, Right, Pure, Lovely, of Good Reputation, Excellent and worthy of Praise … it’s Jesus. Be more and more like Him. Set your mind on Him and enjoy “the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension” and discover that it will “guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
From Right From The Heart to you on this day …. good thoughts!
Founder, Right From The Heart Ministries
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