If you think your thought life does not impact you, then I suggest you speak to someone who has just committed a violent crime. Ask them if they had peaceful and wholesome thoughts before they executed their sinful act.
Some people think that what goes on inside their head is of no consequence because no one can see or read those thoughts. Might I suggest that those quiet words running through your brain are impacting your behavior in more ways than you can fully imagine. Yes, it is true that no one will ever be aware of the thoughts that float through your mind, but God sees them. And, importantly those words are either health to you or death to your well-being.
Someone once said this, “Sow a thought and you reap an act. Sow an act and you reap a habit. Sow a habit and you reap a character. Sow a character and you reap a destiny.”
So why is it important that we have a clean brain? Why does it matter that much? Not even those nearest and dearest to us can read those silent words bouncing around our brain! So why even bother? Here are a few simple reasons why we should be concerned.
1. You are what you think: Proverbs 23:7 says; “As a man thinks in his heart, so he is.” If you always have unhappy thoughts you will be an unhappy person; that much I can guarantee.
2. You eventually do what you think: The little poem above says if you sow a thought you reap an act. There is no way that a person with kind and loving thoughts will act in an opposite way to what they think. Don’t underestimate the power of those little words swirling around your head. They are extremely powerful even if they have not been said out loud.
3. Your thinking defines who you ultimately become: That is why the Bible says in Romans chapter 12, “…be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Do you want to change? Well, if you do it starts with changing your thinking.
Never underestimate the power of your thought life. If you want a wholesome and happy life let me assure you it starts with cleaning out your brain. That little body part is where all our problems start. Every sexually immoral act, every violent crime, every deed of sinfulness started inside our heads. So my friend, please do not be tempted to think that your thought life is unimportant.
If you have been struggling with negative thoughts - or, if your thoughts have been entirely unwholesome, please take some time to reflect on my words. When you have spent time in reflection then take a moment or two to call on God and ask Him for his help.
You don’t become a negative person in one moment. You develop negative patterns of thought and those thoughts turn you into a pessimistic person. You don’t commit adultery by looking at a person of the opposite sex. You commit adultery when your thought life takes you to places you should never go in your head. As you dwell on those thoughts you eventually act upon them.
Please make sure the words running through your brain today are wholesome. My prayer is as the Psalmist prayed: “May the words of our mouths, and the meditations of our hearts [brains] be acceptable in your sight O Lord.”
I am and always will be,
Recklessly abandoned, ruthlessly committed and in relentless pursuit of Jesus,