For as he thinks in his heart, so is he….Prov 23:7
I realize this particular verse speaks of a miser, or someone who loves money, hates to share etc. but the principle is true. We act out how we think.
I was praying for a dear friend of late who is struggling with their thoughts. We can often be our own worst critic and as we get older, become frustrated with our seeming lack of progress in our walk with Jesus. “They think wrong” was what I felt. Given that our walk with Jesus is really quite simple, I knew there was a simple answer. We often like the deep, convoluted answers which make our problem seem all important. But, Jesus is simple and profound.
What came to mind was to write down the first thoughts of the day – upon awakening. Was it – I have way too much on my plate, I can’t do this, I hate this or something else quite negative? Then, to systematically write down verses about what God says about the situation.
I have way too much to do today – “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” Phil 4:13
I hate this – “Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for [He is] good! For His mercy [endures] forever” 1 Chron 16:34 amongst host of other verses
You get the point.
Make a point of looking at those verses throughout the day. Better yet, memorize them for the next morning. Not complicated but I find most wisdom in this life is not complicated. Do it. Put a notepad or piece of paper and pen next to your bed tonight and use it in the morning. We always make time for the things we care most about.