Your life is headed in the direction of your strongest thoughts.
Your thought train controls your day and ultimately, your thoughts steer your entire life.
Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things…practice these things. Phil 4:8-9
Paul knew that an everyday battle would rage in our brains. He knew that victory over the daily struggles was won or lost in our minds.
There’s a thought train that starts everyday when we wake up. In our waking moments, we start chugging towards a destination that’s shaped by the thoughts we onboard.
I am having to break the habit of letting my phone be my thought leader first thing in the morning. Scrolling social media is like handing the reigns of my mind to a psycho. You’d think that as grown adults and people of faith, we’d know better than to jump into social media first thing in the morning.
When the baptists beat the thought of a daily quiet time into me, they didn’t talk much about WHY it was more than a check mark on my daily ‘do good’ list. One of the reasons why is because it places our thoughts on a track that leads to our daily victory.
There’s a washing of the brain that happens when you begin your daily intake of words, sounds and media. But holy trains of thought come through the washing of The Word (Eph 5:26). Settling for the slop of whatever’s tossed your way is easy; choosing to drink from the word requires some intentionality.
I encourage you today to allow God and His word put your thoughts towards lovely, excellent and worthy things. And if you get off track at some point in the day, pivot towards something vertical, something worthy of praise.