Has someone ever said to you, “What are you thinking?” Have you ever said to yourself, ‘What are you thinking?’ At this point, we know what we were thinking about, but we’re hoping for a different outcome.
What about, we are what we think? If I think myself a dog, I may act like one but in my right mind am not a dog. I’m sure some of you might say, “What is right, and what about genetic editing?” Maybe you have a point, but you have to put the right letters together to make a word, and you’re probably not barking the words out as you read this. As much as you think a thing you’re still you. You can’t change where you came from, who your parents are, or your past. We all have heard that who or what you hang out with is what you become. If you live in past mistakes, you will live a life of regret. Don’t let your past define you, let it teach you.
Bishop Wright said that flight was a “nonsensical idea” and is “reserved for the birds and angels” but his sons Orville and Wilbur Wright had a different idea on flight. As a man thinks, so is he. And Jesus said to him, “‘If you can.’ All things are possible for one who believes.” (Mark 9:23) Thomas A. Edison stated that “Five percent of people think; 10 percent of the people think they think, and the other 85 percent would rather die than think.” Jesus goes on to say that there wasn’t honor (belief) in the house and because of that He could not do many mighty works because of their unbelief. What do you believe? That you shouldn’t take another chance? What if you fail again, what would the ones closest to you say? What are you thinking?
Jesus said in Matthew 5:28, “But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” In other words, if you think about something with a strong desire it’s done, it’s in your heart. So we can use that same principle with something good. Keep the good in front of us and make our mind up to do it and be faithful in the little things day by day and what you’re thinking will come to pass. Titus 1:15, “To the pure all things are pure, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure; but even their mind and conscience are defiled.”
If you’re hurt, broken and sad what are you putting in front of your eyes? Your future is where your heart is. Romans 10:10, “For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” If you think it, you will speak it, and it will come — good or bad. I understand that sometimes we would rather forget because life is hard so we try to fill up on entertainment, food, and drink but every morning reality is in our face again trying to think positive when life is seemly falling apart.
It doesn’t matter to God how many times we mess up, ask for forgiveness. God will use our failures but He can’t use us if we quit. Look how the ruler went to Jesus to have his daughter healed, how about the woman who was sick for 12 years who said if I may touch the hem of Jesus’ garment, or the blind man that cried out for mercy? What is the connecting factor? Their belief that Jesus would heal their hurt. They came to Jesus the only way they knew how. They did whatever it took to put their faith in front of their eyes and believe it and speak it! Jesus said according to your faith it is done. Henry Ford said, “whether you think you can, or you think you can’t-you’re right.” It makes me wonder, what are we really thinking?
The writer is a husband, father, preacher, writer, artist, musician and songwriter. Ben and his wife, Missy, reside with their three sons in St. Marys.