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As we think, so we are
April 5, 2010
by Pastor Bill Baldwin, Prairie Evangelical UCC, Lester Prairie

In the Bible, Proverbs 23:7 says, paraphrased, “As we think in our heart, so we are.”

There was a book written over 100 years ago by author James Allen titled, “As A Man Thinketh.” In his book, he lays out a case for the power of our thoughts to shape who we are. I think it is mostly quite true. The thoughts that are most prevalent in our minds do tend to become who we are.

Our minds are continually racing with endless thoughts about all kinds of things, so many that we usually aren’t conscious of all the thoughts flying through. Many of our thoughts are negative and condemning of ourselves or others.

It is time to focus in on our thoughts and slow down our thought process enough that we can think about what we are thinking about.

When you look carefully at your daily thought patterns, you may be surprised at how much you are tearing down yourself or others. You may be, as the saying goes, shooting yourself in the foot again and again.

It is time for some new, fresh, positive thinking.

To start with, it is good to write down some phrases that are very encouraging and repeat them again and again throughout the day. “I love myself.” “I am loved.” “I am good enough just as I am.” “I am as competent as anyone.” “I allow everyone to be who they are without judgment.” The list of possible positive thoughts you can use to reprogram your thinking is endless.

Change takes time. It took time to develop your current thinking, and it will take time to program in some better thoughts, but keep at it. Write down a list of a minimum of a dozen positive thoughts that you commit to saying over and over again throughout the day, day after day.

Spring is springing, and it is time to do our spring cleaning. Make this a time to clean out your thinking, as well. May this spring bring about a renewal of energy and hope in your life.

Remember, you are lovable and loved. You are as capable as anyone, and equal to everyone. Let these thoughts, and many more, sustain you in days ahead.

Blessings and peace.