IDOK DEVOTION FOR WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3, 2009
The following is an excerpt from a book I do not have. I have only read (online) a little more than this excerpt. To me, it’s track-stopping. The title is Mastering the Seven Decisions that Determine Personal Success by Andy Andrews.
“I am where I am today – mentally, physically, spiritually, emotionally, and financially – because of decisions I have made.
My decisions have always been governed by my thinking. Therefore, I am where I am today – mentally, physically, spiritually, emotionally, and financially – because of how I think.”
Are you still with me? Is it just me or does that step on you with a big foot?
Does that mean that I am first and foremost fat not because of what I eat but because of the way I think? Do I think my way into eating this or that? I know the answer. In this moment I am rolling the tape. I can hear the conversations I have had with myself and I see the results on the walls of my mind and, yes that’s not the only place. Did I ‘think’ my way into not walking yesterday? Will I think my way into walking today? I know the answer to that one too. I’m moving on now.
Does Mr. Andrews’ statement mean that our financial status hinges first on the way we think about money?
Does my state of happy or not happy originate in my thoughts? Does my mental alertness or drowsiness depend on the way I talk (think) to myself?
Does my spiritual maturity level rest upon how and about what I think?
There would be exceptions to this, wouldn’t there? Like genetics or beyond our control disease or accident, right? But that would be all, wouldn’t it?
So now what? Again, he said: “ . . . Therefore, I am where I am today – mentally, physically, spiritually, emotionally, and financially – because of how I think.”
And he wrote: “Today, I will begin the process of changing where I am – mentally, physically, spiritually, emotionally, and financially – by changing the way I think. . . . The buck stops here. . . . I control my thoughts. I control my emotions.”
Do I? Do you? Shall we take Andy’s word on this or shall we look to Another?
Proverbs 23:7 For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. . . . .
That’s putting it plainly, isn’t it?
What about this?
Ecclesiastes 8:17 Then I saw all the work of God, that man cannot find out the work that is done under the sun–because however much a man may toil in seeking, yet he will not find it out; yes, more than that, though a wise man thinks and claims he knows, yet will he not be able to find it out.
1 Corinthians 8: 2 And if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know.
Ugh oh! Do we have a problem here? Not one that cannot be fixed … by thinking.
I Corinthians 2: 16 For who has known or understood the mind (the counsels and purposes) of the Lord so as to guide and instruct Him and give Him knowledge? But we have the mind of Christ (the Messiah) and do hold the thoughts (feelings and purposes) of His heart.
Look closely at the last sentence. We have the mind of Christ (the Messiah). Have we read and heard it quoted so many times; it has become so familiar that it has lost its wonder to us? That wonder can be revived. And just maybe the ending phrase of this verse is not so ‘familiar’ and will indeed put us onto ‘thinking’ to good health – mentally, physically, spiritually, emotionally, and financially.
And do hold the thoughts (feelings and purposes) of His heart.
Your feed-back most welcomed.
Holy Spirit, I am asking You in this moment and in the moments as our IDOKs read that You will feed us these passages, interpret them and apply them; in particular, this phrase: that we hold the thoughts (feelings and purposes) of Your heart. There was a warmth, a peace, just a blessedness in my spirit as I read that phrase. I am asking You to grow it in times to come, to shape my thinking around it and with it. And not just me but every willing IDOK and if any of us be not so keen on it, bring us to willingness, I pray.
As I post this it is 77°F and clear in Balad, IQ (Airport) and the time there is 5:07 AM AST on June 3, 2009.
Kathie Whitestone Thompson
Follower of Christ. Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother. Some call me a teacher. Some say I'm a prayer warrior. A few accredit me with some writing skills. Me? I say I'm a work in slow progress, looking for perfection in eternity and until then having all the holy fun I know how.