Monday, October 6, 2008

Thinking Your Way To Destiny

by Donna L. Watkins

Watch your thoughts; they become words.
Watch your words; they become actions.
Watch your actions; they become habits.
Watch your habits; they become character.
Watch your character; for it becomes your destiny!
-- Frank Outlaw

© Donna L. Watkins - Violaceous Trogon - La Selva
You see it so often on the positive end. Somebody that grew up in the slums or was terribly abused as a child ... and they read biographies, listen to a mentor, or focus on motivational materials and what happens is they begin to believe in themselves.

What you think becomes what you believe and what you believe becomes who you are.

Many people can't get out of their past. Zig Ziglar tells of a young woman who moved beyond her past by focusing on three things he had said in a Sunday School class:

Failure is an event, not a person.
Yesterday really did end last night.
God not only permits U-turns in life, He encourages them.

Simple words, profound impact because she took them to heart and renewed her mind by changing her choice of thoughts. That opened many windows of opportunity because how we view our world is what it becomes.

What about those who never seem to get their head above water? Don't you wish you could see into their minds to see what they are thinking and believing? Don't you wish you could change their tape like you do in a VCR to watch a different movie?

Do we really have that much power in our lives? When you check into speaking with those who have "found" success and prosperity, you will find that their stories always drift towards what they believed.

If words have that big of an impact on our life and destiny, why don't we also focus on what we are filling our minds with and change it to what the Bible recommends in Philippians 4:8 which tells us to "meditate on things that are true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, of good repute, excellent, and worthy of praise."

What a difference this makes upon our health. As my pastor said in a sermon last week, "Your body follows where your mind goes." Some call it the Mind-Body Connection. In the Bible, Jesus said, "Your faith has made you whole." What is faith? What we believe in. Jesus also said, "Only believe!" He told us that if we had the faith of a mustard seed we could move mountains. Many of us have many mountains in our lives ... so isn't it time to get started?

What do you listen to? What do you read? What are the words to the music you hear? How much time do you feed The Word into your soul each day?

Are there any deposits you're putting into your mind that you need to eliminate? How do you think your world would change if you began to implement this information today?

Some of you have already done this ... PLEASE share your story in the comments section below. You can alter a life with only a few words of encouragement.

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