“For as he thinks, so he is in his heart” Proverbs 23:7 (KJV)
“As a man thinks…” means the processing of thoughts. Our mind is an amazing gift from God, and no one fully understands it. But we do know two things it does: it reasons, and it imagines. Reasoning is more like calculating, which leads us to concepts, opinions or considerations, while imagination leads us to ideas or possibilities. Although they both work within our mind (processor), most of us operate more predominantly in one of the two. While we may reason well and be full of logic and common sense, we may be weak in creative possibility thinking. Some people are dreamers. This is good if they are part of a team, but may be dangerous if they function as an individual, they may forget to practice common sense and sound reasoning in the now. The limitation of either one or the other could be the result of past experiences and failures or due to lack of knowledge.
Thoughts are the elements that define who you really are. The proverb “As a man thinks, so he is” means we determine our future by what we think about, not what we desire or want. What we think about today is what we will end up doing tomorrow. Thoughts always precede actions. A person is really what he thinks about, not always what he does. Our courts judge us by what we do or have done, but God knows that we will eventually do what we think. So, He warns us in advance to be careful of our thoughts. Jesus said, “The law says, ‘Thou shalt not commit adultery,’ but I say that if you look on a woman and lust after her, you have already committed adultery.
We must select good things to read, watch good T.V. programs, and carefully choose our associates. We must consider the outcome of everything we put into our minds. What fruit will it bear? We will eventually do what we think. The outcome of a person is the product of an environment we create coming from our beliefs and philosophies.
Remember this pattern: Our thoughts will produce actions, actions will become habits, habits form our character and our character determines our destiny.
Each week inside of prison I meet with several groups of guys and study a principle with the goal of cultivating a values-driven, God-centered lifestyle. This week our principle was Proper Thinking. If you want to see last weeks principle click here.
For more on this Principle see Global Priority.