Monday, February 22, 2010

As we think... we are

Proverbs 23:7 “So as a man thinks in his heart, so is he.”
Ephesians 4:22-24 “You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by it’s deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.”  
So as we think... is what we become.  Where do we spend our time thinking and what do we want to become?  Break down a day. 
How much time is given to...
  • worry
  • selfish desire (Getting new stuff, making ourselves happy, etc.)
  • making more money (to serve God or serve self)
  • watching tv (of good moral character or lustful, self serving characters glamorized)
  • reading (of good moral character or lustful, self serving characters glamorized)
  • relationships (building one another up and holding accountable or in gossip and promoting self interest)
  • listening to music (full of hope and encouragement or sad, depressive and angry)
  • anger, bitterness, jealously, resentment, hate, hopelessness, etc.
What do we want to become...
  • lustful
  • self serving
  • discontent with life as it is
  • a worry wort
  • sad, depressive, hopeless
  • angry, bitter, jealous, etc.
  • loving
  • full of joy
  • content
  • fulfilled, full of purpose & hope
Should we be surprised when we struggle with these issues?  We could probably pin a lot of it down to how and where we spend our time. When I'm struggling,  a lot of the time it is my own choices that put me there.  Have you ever sat around and listened to sad depressing music all day and thought, " I am just so happy today!"  Nope, we become sad and depressive.   As we choose to spend our time and attention on different activities that fill our mind with thought and persuasion; what is it leading us towards becoming?

Simple, yet profound thoughts to chew on,

P.S. We'll start the Beth Moore study in a couple weeks.  I will be teaching with it as a Sunday school class so I thought it would be best to do them at the same time!