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Posted: May 11, 2018 12:21 p.m.
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Offer blessing by thinking on better things

Growing up I had heard many ministers use an old adage that went something like, “An idle mind is the devil’s playground.” The idea was that if a person kept their mind busy they were less likely to get into trouble. Although there is some real truth to such a wise saying, it is not enough to just keep one’s mind busy. 

Many spend a lot of time and energy thinking, but they are thinking of wrong things. Many become focused on things that are not real issues or blow things out of proportion, which causes them to be unnecessarily burdened. Some worry over many things they cannot control or things that will most likely never happen. The “what-ifs” of life are generally “never-will-bes”, but many invest significant time and energy into worrying about them. 

Others hold on to old offenses or assumed wrongdoings, letting anger fester, thereby poisoning their thoughts. Still others allow immoral imaginations to feed their temptations which often leads a person to following after their desires. Every act of adultery began when someone thought they wanted to be with another person. Wrong thoughts often lead to bad decisions, ending in disastrous results. Just thinking has the capability to bring a lot of negative into our lives. It is not enough to have a busy mind if it is busy at doing something wrong. 

The Bible offers a better method of avoiding the destructive nature an undisciplined mind can produce. Philippians 4:8 says, “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.” A mind that is focused on positive things has the capability to provide one with a joyful spirit and a healthier disposition. When one thinks better thoughts they generally interpret other actions in a more positive manner. 

Some studies seem to indicate that a positive mindset even causes our physical health to improve. One is literally healthier just by thinking about good things. A mind that is focused on good things also provides one with better goals or examples to live by. Better thinking produces better actions which generally provides better lives - for the one thinking better and for those who come into contact with them. So let us do ourselves a favor and bless the people around us by thinking on better things.


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