Our theme for this month: “Personal Responsibility”
Our Bible verse for today: “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.” Proverbs 23:7 (KJV)
Our thought for today: “You are responsible for how you think.”
“Sow a thought, reap an act; Sow an act, reap a habit; Sow a habit, reap a character; Sow a character, reap a destiny.” Those wise words came from the pen of the great American poet Ralph Waldo Emerson and they reflect the truth Solomon taught in Proverbs 23:7 – how you think matters.
Thoughts are the seed from which actions come; actions, if repeated, become a habit; habits determine your character; and your character determines your destiny. More than one hundred years ago the author James Allen expressed it this way: “As the plant springs from, and could not be without, the seed, so every act of a man springs from the hidden seeds of thought, and could not have appeared without them.”
You are responsible for how you think. The thoughts you think are determined by the influences you allow into your mind. If you fill your mind with junk then you are going to think junky thoughts. If your music, video games, movies, television shows, and reading materials are filled with sex, violence and profanity, then those are the influences which will shape your thoughts. But if you fill your mind with wholesome influences such as Christian music, Bible reading, good conversation with Christian friends, etc, then you will think good thoughts.
This is why the Apostle Paul wrote in Philippians 4:8, “Finally, brothers, 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.” (NIV)
The fact is that you can control your environment. You have a choice about the music you listen to, the television shows and movies you watch, the books you read, the people you associate and converse with, etc. You can control how you think by controlling the influences you allow into your mind.
You and you alone are responsible for your thoughts and ultimately your life will be the sum total of your thoughts.