SCRIBBLINGS DATED 30 JULY 2013
“What is she thinking about?”, “How does he find me?”, “What should I wear for later?”, “Please stop talking”, a hundred and one thoughts could have just gone by within a faction of a moment. Those thoughts sway between the good thoughts and the not-so-good ones.
If I were to put a dollar coin for every negative thought that has been conceived in my mind from beginning to end, I could be a millionaire by year end. Selfish thoughts, critical thoughts, self-serving thoughts, lustful thoughts, condemning thoughts, greedy thoughts, angry thoughts, self-beating thoughts and more – while we cannot stop what goes on in our mind; what we think about, we could learn how to manage them.
The not-so-nice thoughts will come but it is how we manage them that matters. Thoughts first enters as a guest in a house; a passing thought. The thought overstays its visit though when we choose to entertain those thoughts in our heads. Those thoughts when entertained long enough manifests into reality, producing an action. If the process is repeated long enough, becomes a habit.
Our thoughts frame our world and give us a basis as to what we want to strive for, hence it is utterly important to manage those not-so-good thoughts properly. We disarm those thoughts when we choose not to entertain and feed them.
Bernard Cohen was right on the money when he commented “The press may not be successful much of the time in telling people what to think, but it is stunningly successful in telling its readers what to think about.” The same goes for our mind. We may not be able to tell our mind what to think, we could give it a context to think about. The books that we read and digest into our soul, the television programmes we watch, the friends we allow in our lives all play a part in influencing out thought patterns.
If we do that long enough, we are able to identify a wrong thought from the get-go, dismember it and save all the trouble – saying and doing the wrong things.
And ultimately, to put Jesus as the anchor of our soul and our thought life.