Think on These Things
Published March 23, 2020 by Devaney Rae

Oh, the power of the human mind to self-direct its path in life!

When we read on the subject of the human mind, we can readily learn that our thought lives offer each of us so much power.

Oh, to be effective in managing the vast array of thoughts that march through the fearfully and wonderfully created mind.

Beyond the technicalities of the mind and thoughts, one consistent truth remains:

Our thoughts are the springboard of influence upon our behavior and attitude. And, from these two spaces of our lives come forth our actions and reactions.

For better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and health, until death do us part – we each get to govern the outcomes of our lives through the management of our thoughts. That, my friend, is a powerful relationship and responsibility.

It is also the core principle behind the truth that while our lives may have been victimized by the actions or reactions of others; even so, we are NOT victims forever because of the power of our choice in thoughts. When we take authority over our thoughts and responsibility for our own healing, we really can achieve and conquer.

An Ancient Truth Principle

There is an ancient principle of life truth that is a goldmine of guidance for whatsoever things are most profitable to think about. Here’s a peek into the goldmine:

1. True Things – anything that is peaceable in any way and moving together in unity with all that nature, itself, teaches us. Observation is a beautiful activity because it leads to understanding and wisdom. Oh, the power of the human mind to self-direct its path in life!
2. Honest Things – all that is truth-filled, sincere, ethical, principled, and authentic; bringing honor and love to self and others. Oh, the power of the human mind to self-direct its path in life!
3. Just Things – any action and effort toward doing and being fair and acting pure-hearted with any authority or power granted to us; having the best interests of others at heart in our behavior. Oh, the power of the human mind to self-direct its path in life!
4. Pure Things – considering all that is simply innocent, refreshing, ethical, moral, and of honorable intentions toward self-worth and unselfish love of others. Oh, the power of the human mind to self-direct its path in life!
5. Lovely Things – anything that reflects delightful, pleasant, uplifting gestures toward self and encouraging of others in their life purpose and efforts. Oh, the power of the human mind to self-direct its path in life!
6. Of a Good Report – all words, actions, and creations that are blended in the unifying power of good news for the enjoyment of and building up of others; coming forth from the position of principle-based truths and without the misuse of power or the intention of control; those things that are simply worthy of praise and thankfulness. Oh, the power of the human mind to self-direct its path in life!

Principle Truths are Undefeated

Whether we are aware of them, or not, principle truths are undefeated.

Consider the two-year-old and the principle of gravity. Whether he comprehends the power of the principle truth of gravity, or not, the entirety of gravity’s impact bears forth its truthfulness when the two-year-old super-power character crawls upon the table and leaps into the air. Most of the time, wailing follows the leap into gravity’s realm.

So, too, is it with human characters in the game of life.

Whether we honor or are even aware of life principles of truth – they still hold true in the impacts upon our lives, for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, until death do us part with the power of our thoughts.

One of the most richly worded, oldest versions, and beautifully undefeated life principles of truth is stated in the Middle English dialogue – and it refers to the most beneficial ‘things’ to think upon. It goes like this:

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.” 1

Wrapping Up This Thought

Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies. 2

Oh, the power of the human mind to self-direct its path in life! For truly, we are not powerless. We each have the explicit power to govern our lives through governing our thoughts – on purpose.

Wishing you Life On Purpose,

References

  1. Bible Gateway, 2020. King James Version of The Holy Bible. https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Philippians%2B4%3A8&version=KJV
  2. Bible Gateway, 2020. The Message Version of The Holy Bible. https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Philippians+4%3A8&version=MSG

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