Watch your thoughts, for they become words. Watch your words, for they become actions. Watch your actions for they become habits. Watch your habits for they become character. Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny. -Frank Outlaw
In a given day, how often do you think about what you are thinking about? The truth is, most of us do not. We get so caught up in the to-do’s of life and allow our thoughts to run wild. Philippians 4:8 instructs us to fix our thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. It also instructs us to think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Without watching our thoughts, that is just not possible. So, with everything going on in everyday life, here are a few ways you can do to remember to keep your thoughts in line.
Set an alarm- Have it go off every couple of hours throughout the day. When it goes off, hear what you were thinking. Chances are, they need to be redirected. Redirect them!
Post-its- Write scripture on post-its geared toward which thought you want to change. Place them everywhere you might see them throughout the day.
Bible app- Download a Bible app for your phone that will send you a notification with a Bible verse each day.
Worship music- Have it on your phone, in your home, on your iPod, playing in your car, wherever you are. Blast it!
Accountability- Have a friend call you in the middle of your day to see where your thoughts are.
Positive influences- Surround yourself with positive people, who choose to see the good in other’s and in situations.
Truth is, negative thoughts will do anything they can to gain control over your mind. To keep them from taking over, you have got to check-up on your thought life as an ongoing, minute-by-minute basis because your thoughts become words and ultimately your destiny. What are you thinking?
Ashley Fordinal is the Children’s Church volunteer at Family Life Church in Sulphur Springs, TX.