What could we mean by “right thinking?” That seems like an odd term.
Well, our minds are always busy – whether we are even aware of it. If we allow every imaginable thought to prevail, we will allow fear, worry, and anxiety to prevail.
So, one of the keys to happiness is to control our minds. Control our thoughts.
Let’s look at a key scripture.
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
The King James Version says, “Let your mind dwell on these things.”
Keep those good thoughts in your mind.
Sometimes not guarding our thoughts can have grave consequences.
Marian was a school teacher with a good husband, James, and two delightful children. She and her husband had been married for 12 years, and to all outward appearances, they were extremely happy.
They were surrounded by a caring group of friends, and often enjoyed time with these friends.
What people didn’t realize was what was going on in Marian’s mind.
James had a small business and had recently had some financial setbacks, so the couple had to tighten their belts and participate in fewer expensive activities.
Just like many couples from time to time.
But Marian began to resent the setback. When she had been younger, Marian had dated a man who was now very successful.
She began to look. And think. What if?
What would her life be like if she had married this man who was prospering so greatly?
Then Marian began to look for ways to connect. On Social Media and at events.
Well, you can see where this is going.
Marian was able to connect with her former boyfriend, who was in an unhappy marriage. And what followed was tragic.
After they both divorced, and married each other, Marian realized that she had made a huge mistake. She was now married to an abusive alcoholic. Beyond that, she had lost the respect of her friends and her children.
And it all started with thoughts. “What if?”
Now think about it.
If Marian had stopped those negative thoughts about her husband at the outset, none of this would have happened. She would have begun to pray for James and his business, and she would have tried to help him look for solutions.
They could have come through the situation stronger and more connected.
When we realize that every action in our lives starts with a thought, we will be more mindful.
It’s true: every action starts with a thought.
Even when negative circumstances pour in – as they do sometimes in life – our thoughts will influence our outcome. Whether we yield to the worst or overcome through our prayers and faith.
There is always a positive side to every situation, and when we allow our minds to dwell on those positive thoughts, we will come through to a brighter future.
Even when the circumstances lead to failure or heartbreak, our Philippians 4 thinking will lead us to new understanding. We will have greater compassion for others going through something similar, and we will have wisdom which can catapult us to success next time.
That’s why it is so important to keep a guard over our thoughts.
We have control over our minds – and what we allow to stay there.
Paul reminds us once again:
“Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.”
Let’s follow Pauls’ example – of praise and of guarding our minds to dwell on good things.
That’s one of the keys to a happy life.
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