Proverbs 23:7 reminds me so much of my Mother. It was her mantra. 😇 She would say to us if we were acting negatively, “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he. Now, don’t you think it would be wiser to change your thinking?” 🤔 I’m certain James Allen had that scripture in mind when he came up with the title of his book, As a Man Thinketh. Have you read it? 📖 I have several times, thanks to Mom! 😂 This book was one of her favorites. 😉
The scripture basically means that what we dwell on... will spark 🤩 the creation of of what we act on. Scenes that we allow to replay over and over in our minds, end up influencing our heart’s desires and even our choices. If we think things long enough, they will eventually manifest... whether good or bad. 🧠🤔
Family friend Dallin H. Oaks explains this theory best:
“What we see triggers what we think, what we think influences what we desire, what we desire affects our actions, our combined actions determine our character, and our character determines our eternal destiny.”
This philosophy applies to EVERYTHING in our lives! You’ve heard the saying, “You are what you eat.” We are what we allow ourselves to intake through our five senses! Like if we want our body to be healthy, we need to fuel it daily with nutrient-rich foods. Or like your car, if it requires premium-grade gasoline to run on, you want that vehicle to perform at its optimal level, so you’d better use the right type of fuel ⛽️ and not the regular grade so we don’t end up with roadside trouble. When we applying this principle to ALL aspects of our life’s choices, it helps choose better roads to take and which paths we should avoid.
The latter part of Proverbs 23:7 talks about eating and drinking:
“...Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.” (Proverbs 23:7)
Reading this part of the verse last night made me realize that sometimes, we sabotage ourselves in all areas. One for example is when I need to slow down a bit, but I rationalize my needs to get things done. My Mother constantly challenged me on this and I felt her words touched my heart last night. Her last words at the end of her life were, “Take care of your body, and pass this wisdom on to the next generation.” Our whole body includes our minds and soul too!!! I can hear her even now saying, “Take it easy Marie. Don’t push yourself so hard. Treat your body more like a temple. If not, you’ll pay the price like I have!” She died of heart troubles, much due to being overweight. By the way, Heart disease 💔 is the leading cause of death for women in the United States.
“For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” (1 Corinthians 6:20)
God gave us our lives, Christ redeemed us from the fall, so let us all reenergize ourselves on His day and start thinking in our hearts ♥️ kinder, more positive, loving thoughts. Let us be less judgmental and more thoughtful—not just with others, but we need to also love and forgive ourselves. There is so much evidence now that shows excessive stress, anxiety and negative thoughts can lead to life-threatening illnesses. Disease comes from the DIS-ease in your mind!!! 😫 EASE is a positive word that can keep us healthy, happy and strong (Positive thinking. 👍😁)! On the up side, when we think positively and have a great attitude, our brain 🧠 goes into the “No matter what, our God has this, and everything will always work out for the best” mode! ☺️ So, surround yourself with positive people/thoughts, and fuel up on all the good energy you can muster today. No negative anything!!!! Read the scriptures and nourish your soul with God‘s words and love for you. 🙏😊 Positive, stress-free thinking may just SAVE your life! Take it EAS-Y on this very #Happy #Sunday! 😎💋