Why is it that even if I have just eaten dinner, as soon as I start thinking about chocolate, I want it? It doesn’t take long for me to actually start feeling hungry, even though I really shouldn’t be. The more I think about it the more I want it and the more hungry I become, what I wouldn’t do for a bite of galaxy or dairy milk!
It’s funny the power that our minds can have. If we think about miserable things all day, we end up feeling miserable, whereas when we think about happy things we seem to end up feeling happy. But more than that our thoughts end up effecting our actions.
I’m sure that none of us want to do things that are wrong but we just seem to somehow end up doing these things.
I’m sure that no one wakes up in the morning thinking they want to start an argument, or say something nasty, but somehow we do. Why is this?
When a thought first enters our mind we are normally shocked by it, I would never do that! But the more we think about it, the less shocking it is, until it becomes normal. This is when we’re in dangerous territory, because the thought has become normal it can, and often will, affect our words and actions. We may end up saying things we later regret, or doing things we would never have imagined. All because of a thought.
Even what me might think of as the really bad sins begin with a thought. Stealing begins with a jealous thought; adultery starts with a lustful thought and murder starts with an angry thought.
Our thoughts have a massive effect on us on us. Think about lovely things, soon you will be sharing lovely encouraging words and you will someone people want to spend time with. Think about negative or depressing thoughts and your words will be filled with moaning, it won’t be long until your known as a Debbie downer or a miserable cow. Fortunately we do not have to let our thoughts control us.
We cannot choose who knocks on our door, but we can choose who we let in. This is true with our thoughts as well. We don’t always have control over what thoughts pop into our mind, but we can decide whether or not to dwell on them. This may be hard work, it is certainly a battle for me, but one well worth fighting, after all a thought can affect our lives in so many ways.
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.