We know they are there, but we try to ignore them and deny their existence. We have over eighty thousand of them a day, and they shape our lives for better or worse. They control how you feel in the morning, and when you go to sleep. They often cause our emotions to feel out of control, too. They dictate how we react to situations or conversations. They often cause us to feel offended, angry or hurt, whether it was justified or not. Who are “they,” you ask? They are our thoughts.
In Proverbs 23:19 we see that Solomon was king, he didn’t focus on advising on royal matters like how to handle money or best tips for leading the Kingdom. Instead, he spoke of more important things like the value of controlling what we let into our minds and hearts. Because that will determine how we feel and how we live.
Whatever our minds focus on is what will play out in our lives and eventually shape who we are. Our thoughts turn into feelings that have the power to control our lives, gradually steering us in a direction we do not want to go. King Solomon knew this to be true and councils us to be careful about what we think and feel. He knew it’s often our thoughts, not our circumstances which cause us to sink.
Our thoughts can easily begin to run our lives, controlling our words and actions, feeling and emotions, even our peace and happiness. When we think negative thoughts, we feel negative feelings, leading to believing life is negative overall.
But when we realize that our thoughts are running our lives into the ditch, we can admit it to Jesus and ask Him to restore our joy, our Hope and our faith. As we embrace His truths, things will begin to change.
When we set or hearts and minds on God, we can change our thoughts and watch it change our lives.