“I Think, Therefore I Am” – René Descartes


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I ran across this profound quote by René Descartes a few days ago. It made me stop and wonder about the various subjects I think about.  I began to reflect on the times I’ve been reactionary, or not thought good things. There we also times I remembered thinking about positive outcomes. We are all products of our thought life. So it stands to reason that what we think will become who we are. Frank Outlaw put it this way,

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I love how the King James Version puts it, “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he,” Proverbs 23:7a.

I made mental notes about what I have been thinking about and compared those notes with what I want to be thinking about. I know who I want to become, so I must watch my thoughts. They will eventually become my destiny.

Philippians 4:8 helps us understand the right way think,Finally, brothers, 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.”  There is so much beauty in this world; there is no reason to dwell on negative things.

Romans 12:2 also guides us, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” I’m making up my mind to change my thought life and get it more in tune with what God wants me to think about. Those thoughts will guide my future.

What are you thinking about today?

 

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Thought Cleaning


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I was reading blogs the other day and ran across a list of 50 thought provoking questions. I’m not going to reprint them here (you can Google the list). But it did get me to thinking about thinking.

What is it that occupies our thoughts the most?

I would guess that most people think about themselves. There is not anything wrong with that, until we become so preoccupied with ourselves that we stop thinking about other people, and their needs.

That reminds me of another question, popular years ago: “What would Jesus do?”

I think the question is still valid today.

As we go about our daily lives and have inner conversations, think about cleaning out your thoughts, like cleaning out a closet. Start reflecting on something different. If a thought does not belong, throw it out. See what happens to your perspective.

Philippians 4:8

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

 

 

 

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