As a Man Thinks
Do you like where you are in life? Do you like how your business is doing? How is your thought life?
Let's explore this topic together in today's devotional:
"For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. 'Eat and drink!' he says to you, but his heart is not with you." - Proverb 23:7 (NKJV)
Next to the gift of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God, you have no greater asset as a Biblical Entrepreneur than your thought life. Our thoughts are so powerful that they can even override our destiny. You are what you think and you become what you're thinking. Our thoughts can create billion-dollar ideas, transform mediocre companies into great ones, and create a movement that ignites our society into either an amazing future or a dark and gloomy one.
How is your thinking?
Where you are in life is a reflection of your thought life. How you think determines what you become and what you think determines what you produce. Do you like who you are? Do you like where your company is? Do you like what you are producing? If not, change your thinking! Your thought life determines the substance of who you become and what you produce.
You were created in the image and likeness of God, however, you have been given free will by God to alter your image and likeness should you choose. Free will is a double-edged sword. It can validate your greatness and help you realize your fullest potential or it can alter you into something less than what you were created to be and cause you to live beneath your potential.
"I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live." - Deuteronomy 30:19 (NKJV)
How then should we think?
You have the mind of Christ, so your thinking should be a reflection of how Christ thinks. Christ's thinking was limitless and optimistic. His thoughts were a reflection of His Father’s thinking. He submitted His free will to God’s will and as a result, His life and the outcome of His life reflected the image and likeness of God.
The apostle Paul gave us a guideline in Philippians 4:8 to help us think as Christ did.
"Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things." - Philippians 4:8 (NKJV)
True - Consistent with the Word of God
Noble - That which yields to the wellbeing of others
Just - Consistent with the ways of God
Pure - That which has integrity
Lovely - That which is beautiful
Good report - Kind and helpful to others
Virtue and praiseworthy - Excellent and admirable
Our thinking should go beyond just positive thinking and be a reflection of our character. Our thinking should align with the Word of God and aim to fulfill God's purpose on earth which leads to our flourishing and the flourishing of mankind. This should lead us to build a healthier family and company while contributing to the wellbeing of our community and nation. Imagine the possibilities in your life and business if your thoughts reflected these attributes.
My prayer for you today is that God will give you the grace to align your thought life to His Word so that you can realize His purpose for your life through business.
Reflection: Does your thinking align with Phil 4:8?
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