January 13, 2022, 9:00 AM

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01-14-2022

Think on These Things

 

Philippians 4:8

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.

 

Our mind is fascinating.
It has its own rhythm, its own patterns and tendencies, it is self-conscious, and yet we are not aware of many things spontaneously happening. Waves of thoughts arise and subside in our mind and we seemingly have no control over them.

Tendencies of the mind

In 2005, the National Science Foundation published an article summarizing research on human thoughts per day. It was found that the average person has about 12,000 to 60,000 thoughts per day. Of those thousands of thoughts, 80% were negative, and 95% of those thoughts were exactly the same repetitive thoughts as the day before.
We can see that one of the tendencies of the mind is to focus on the negative and ‘play the same songs’ over and over again.

There was another interesting study (Leahy, 2005, Study of Cornell University), in which scientists found that, firstly 85% of what we worry about never happens. Secondly with the 15% of the worries that did happen, 79% of the subjects discovered that either they could handle the difficulty better than expected, or that the difficulty taught them a lesson worth learning. The conclusion is that 97% of our worries are baseless and result from an unfounded pessimistic perception.

 

Do thoughts create chemical reactions?

Whenever you have a thought, there is a corresponding chemical reaction in your mind and body as a result. This is important to realize because it means that what you think can affect how you feel. And by the same token, if you are feeling poorly, you can change that by changing how you think.

 

We have over 45,000 thoughts a day

When we think, we create electrochemical reactions within our bodies whether we realize It or not

Thoughts > electrochemical reaction > feelings > attitude > behavior

Our feelings cannot invoke thoughts, but our thoughts can invoke feelings

So, this means that we are in control

We dictate everything by the thoughts we choose to think

Do you feel happy or positive? Do you feel negative and sad?

Our positive thoughts will release chemicals that create happiness while our toxic thoughts will produce chemicals that are “downers”

So, what I’m trying to say is this, you are what you think

You are in control

If you can have it in your mind, you can hold it in your hand – Gideon Addai Facebook post

Today, January 14th, I have compiled a barrage of thoughts from the internet and scripture that focus on the importance of our thinking and how our thoughts control our feelings. This idea is not new to me. I remember sitting in a new members class with our church librarian over 50 years ago going through a discipleship booklet. In one of the lessons for new Christians was a cartoon drawing of a train. The engine had the word “fact” printed large and boldly on the car. The fuel car had the word “faith” on it. The caboose had the word feelings printed thereon. The meaning of the cartoon was clear to me. My life is like the train. When facts are running the train and those facts are fueled by faith then my feelings will be in line with the facts and will be healthy feelings. The problems come when a person puts feelings in the engine and facts in the caboose. Unfortunately, many Christians are living their lives just this way.

 

For those of you who read this blog, I’m praying that you will be challenged to examine your thoughts and the patterns of your thoughts. Are you a typical American who thinks negative thoughts 85% of the time and everyday 95% of those thoughts are repeat customers? If so, memorize Philippians 4:8, maybe consider making that your life verse. Let’s use the time we have been given in 2022 to cultivate a mind of usefulness for our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ.

 

Blessings,

Marty


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