On a cold and cloudy Sunday morning, I am listening to Neil Diamond’s Jonathan Livingston Seagull – the whole Album.
Yesterday, during the webinar I’d attended, the idea of thoughts was mentioned a few times and it stuck with me. Last night I lay in bed and listened to John Demartini’s book Gratitude and once more there is a quote about thoughts. I fell asleep thinking about thoughts. Today I woke up with 2 verses from the Bible about thoughts,
Here are the quotes:
“Keep your thoughts positive, because your thoughts become YOUR WORDS.
Keep your words positive, because your words become YOUR BEHAVIOR
Keep your behavior positive, because your behavior becomes YOUR HABITS
Keep your habits positive, because your habits become YOUR VALUES
Keep your values positive, because your values become YOUR DESTINY”
― Mahatma Gandhi
“We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.”
2 Cor 10:4-6 – The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
Phil 4:8 – Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
Robin Banks says everything starts with a thought. Everything, even you and I. We began as our father switches off the light and says to our mother: “What do you think?” Just some humor in a time when a virus brings the world to a standstill.
I don’t believe in chance. To believe in chance and at the same time believe everything happens for a reason is mutually exclusive. There is a very good reason why thoughts should become my day 10 journal.
Thoughts are a problem for me. I tend to overthink.
I often say someone puts his brain in neutral and allows his tongue to idle at high revs. You know what I’m talking about.
My tongue does not idle at high revs, I have this problem that my thoughts can run away like water in a flood down erosion ditches, uncontrolled.
How do I channel my thoughts? How do I do as 2 Corinthians 10 says? How do I take every thought captive and subject it to the test of “obedience?” How do I do what Philippians suggests? How do I get rid of all negative/unproductive thoughts? How do I channel my runaway thoughts from erosion ditches and into the flow of the river? How do I manage to think good thoughts? How does one bring your thoughts under control?
By the way, I suspect the “strongholds” of which Corinthians 10 speaks are our old, obsolete paradigms. Those outdated beliefs we cling to and are not even aware of. Many people still cling to the old teachings of apartheid. It is so ingrained, that even I sometimes realize I am speaking or acting from an outdated paradigm. There are many such false “strongholds” we live with. There are 3 ways I handle it. The easiest way to see the “stronghold” is if someone else shows you that you are arguing from “a stronghold of the mind.” The other, funny way you do this is to ask: “Where is it in the Bible?” At least it makes you look at it critically. Lastly, there is Edward de Bono’s “PO: Beyond Yes or No.” De Bono says before we respond to a statement, we must ask: what assumptions must be true for the statement to be true?
There are many “strongholds” that make our lives difficult — from our understanding of God to what we believe about the economy; from what we believe about love relationships to the political system. The nonsense we believe about ourselves is perhaps worst! We may just have to “imprison” our assumptions and submit them to critical tests. And, oh, what about this one? “We have always done it this way!” I dare you to break that one when you hear it!
It doesn’t solve my problem yet — how do I bring my thoughts under control and focus on the right things. How do I create the life I desire with my rampant thoughts? My thoughts determine my life. My mind creates this world. How do I control my thoughts?
In this time of COVID 19, I decided up front I will not expose myself to negativity. I want to know what is going on, but I want the facts. Not speculation. No news from would-be, anonymous experts. I will focus on things I can do to mitigate the impact of this virus on myself. I will focus on coming out of this (a) sharper (tool).
My thoughts create heaven … or hell!
To survive the virus, we will have to capture a lot of outdated thoughts and habits. Fortunately, the virus has already killed a lot of limiting thoughts, especially – we have always done it that way!
How do you manage to channel your thoughts? Share with us below.