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Many times when I listen to a sermon, or read something really inspirational, I immediately think of sharing it with someone. Today is one of those days and I have chosen to share some insights from Pastor Stanley Charles of InTouch Ministries. Hope you find it useful!
Let me start with one of his quotes: “Unseen thoughts produce visible consequences in your life.”
We just cannot escape the reality of our thoughts. Hence the reason it is so important to master our thoughts and control them always. Once we are alive we would think, but we are not to be held captive to our thoughts. We can save ourselves from doing and saying things that we would regret, if only we can learn to control our thoughts.
Here are six questions, given by Pastor Charles, that we can ask ourselves, to help us practice healthy thinking. Remember, our mind is a control tower.
1. Where will these thoughts lead me?
2. Will these thoughts get me where I want to go?
3. Are these thoughts scripturally acceptable?
4. Will these thoughts build me up or tear me down?
5. Could I share these thoughts with someone else?
6. Where did these thoughts originate?
I find these questions solid and very useful for helping anyone build healthy thinking habits. If you think of yourself as a failure, you would find all sorts of excuses to keep you from rising after falling.
If you think of others as individuals who are of less value than you, then it would be easy for you to hurt others, whether with your words or your actions. If you think that God’s word is not true, you would live your life with no consideration of consequences or the impact of your decisions on others.
Don’t be fooled. Your mind is indeed your control tower.
Practice asking the questions above and see yourself soar in your thoughts and in your life.