How Our Thoughts Create Our Future

Proverbs 18:7

NIV- “A fool’s mouth is his ruin, and his lips are a snare to his soul.”

I’ve never understood why people kind of snicker when they hear someone talking about positive thinking and attempting to have a positive attitude. It’s as if striving to improve our lives is a bad thing.

I’d argue that those that accomplish the most in life 9 times out of 10 make an asserted effort to be positive. Think about the person you respect most in life. My guess is that that person doesn’t tell themselves or others that they will never accomplish anything. They probably have a lot of confidence in themselves and strive to maintain a positive attitude.

According to Norman Vincent Peale in his book, The Power of Positive Thinking:

“the words we speak have a direct and definite effect upon our thoughts. Thoughts create words, for words are the vehicles of ideas. But words also affect thoughts and help to condition if not to create attitudes. In fact, what often passes for thinking starts with talk.”

Think about if you’ve ever done this. In conversation with friends, you are talking about someone famous who has accomplished what most would consider something great in their life. I’m shocked at how often I hear people follow that up with this comment or something similar, “Must be nice. I’ll never be able to do anything like that.” And the conversation topic may be different but the follow-up comment is always similar. By making those comments, people subconsciously convince themselves verbally that they will be average and mediocre. A lot of times without even realizing it.

The majority of our lives (outside of sleeping) is spent talking to ourselves in our heads. Yet most of us, during this time, spend a large part of it subconsciously beating ourselves up and telling ourselves we won’t accomplish what God’s plan and His definition of success is for our lives. We probably rarely ever realize it.

You’ve probably heard this saying: “Your mind is like a parachute. It only works if it is open”. When we make negative comments, we close our minds. Because our minds aren’t open, they just assume what they’ve been told and don’t think any different. As a result, we stay mediocre and never truly accomplish the plan God has for our lives.

What lesson we can take from this?

The goal in life should be to live a life honoring of God and to accomplish what His calling and plan is for our lives. When we tear ourselves down verbally, we are actually counter-actively working against ourselves as we strive to accomplish that. If you are a person who finds yourself subconsciously negative, you can change that by changing your thoughts.

The following is another great Norman Vincent Peale quote:

“Watch your thoughts; They become words. Watch your words; They become deeds. Watch your deeds; They become habits. Watch your habits; They become character. Character is everything.”

Realize how important our minds are? If this is the progression, we need to first focus on changing our thoughts. Since we saw earlier that our words play a role in our thoughts, we can start by consciously changing the words we are speaking. Also, it is imperative we pay more attention to the types of things we put in our minds.

For example, what types of people are we spending time with and do their actions and words give us healthy thoughts? Also, are we reading the Bible and books authored by leaders we respect? Are we listening to podcasts that contain information that will make us better people?

I believe that verses like Proverbs 18:7 speak truth about how important and delicate our tongues and words are. Another favorite of mine is Proverbs 18:21 which says:

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.” (NIV)

Going back to my post a few backs on the principle of sowing and reaping, our words are seeds and we need to think of them that way. If we want our thoughts and words to bear fruit throughout the progression, we need to plant carefully.

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4 thoughts on “How Our Thoughts Create Our Future

  1. Kevin Winningham

    Great post … again!

    I was reminded of Luke 6:45 as I read, “A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.”

    Thank you for investing in us!

    • Luke 6:45 goes perfect with this post! Another verse that came to mind as I was reading your comment was Proverbs 23:7, “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.”

      Thanks for the insight as always Kevin!

  2. Another well thought out blog Brandon. What I like most about the blog is you make me think biblically. Kevin’s response with Luke six is also a very good reminder to store up God’s Word in our heart.

    Couple of thoughts with regards to not understanding peoples responses to positive thinking.
    There seems to be an undercurrent in today’s world to talk positively you are no fun or” Goody two shoes”, Case in point, Tim Tibow. Tim appears to be one of most positive people in the limelight, and people do not want to see him succeed, thus pointing to shortcomings as a quarterback. Picture I have in my mind is that of Tibow and New York media and Daniel lion’s den. The similarity is God guides and strengthens his servants.
    We are know different in the business community.

    Negative people find it easier to tear someone down in order to make themselves look better. This gives the appearance that they are better than the person they put down. In my mind, they’re just insecure in their own skin.
    Take the words found in Ephesians 4:29

    29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

    Using positive self-talk and encouragement to build others up benefits those who listen. Have you ever found yourself encouraging someone only to be encouraged by the very words you spoke?

    • Appreciate the insight! I agree with you 100%. I do believe that striving for positivity makes negative people feel uncomfortable because of their own insecurities.

      Also, I have found myself encouraged by my own words. One of those situations where you pass along encouragement and realize God put those words on your tongue for a reason and it wasn’t only to encourage the person you’re encouraging.

      Thanks for sharing!

      Brandon

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