If you are not where you want to be in life, be extremely excited because you can be.
This is the eighth post in a series called “Nick’s 7 Day Challenge.” Here’s how I explain that: I started going through the 97 unfinished documents I had in my WordPress files. I am now down to 85 with 7 published posts. My plan is to see how long I can keep going without missing a night. I want to see how many of this 85 have something that might encourage me or someone else and how many I can quietly slip into the “trash” file. I hope you’ll find something worthwhile for yourself as you cheer me on in continuing “Nick’s 7 Day Challenge.” Any guesses as to how many nights I can keep it up until the files are empty or the inspiration is gone? Or will there come a night when I am just too sleepy to post?
Here’s tonight’s entry:
Our thoughts have everything to do with our success and happiness in life. If we truly believed this, we would pay closer attention to the scripture that tells us to take every thought captive.
Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:5
And we would weigh much more heavily the following verses.
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Philippians 4:8
The reason we do not fully acknowledge the truth of these verses and live accordingly is because the effects are not usually instantaneous. Changes are often very gradual, yet you can be sure that the thoughts you think are leading you down a path, which leads to a positive or negative outcome. Where that path leads is based on your choice of consistent thought patterns. The effect of your thoughts upon your life can be likened to a child who becomes a teenager, and then an adult. Food, exercise, love and nurturing develop that child into the healthy, well-adjusted adult he will become. We can have the life we want in these four ways:
Food-Put positive godly information into your spirit via the things you read, watch, and listen to.
Exercise-Repeat the thoughts that describe the life you want over and over until you habitually think that way.
Love-Show gratitude and appreciation through praise and worship for what God is doing and will do in your life.
Nurturing-Use your imagination to picture the end result. What does it look like? What does it feel like?
You can’t see your thoughts building the life you want any more than you can see the grass grow, but when it comes time to mow the grass, you have no doubt that it has been growing all along.
Gently press your thoughts in the right direction. Embrace the idea of success and happiness, whatever that means to you. Change every thought to one that leads you in the direction you want to go. Don’t entertain thoughts of lack if you want to have plenty. Embrace plenty, and you will grow in that direction. The more you talk and think about lack, sickness, disappointment, any kind of negative, the more you will grow in that direction. The alternative is true, the more you talk and think about your dreams, the faster you move toward them. Be extremely excited because if you are not where you want to be in life, you can be!