Stewardship & Our Thoughts – Session IV
She strolls into the room and heads immediately turn to notice.
No, she is not the thinnest, smartest, prettiest, most accomplished or educated woman there yet she carries herself as if she thinks she is though not with an air of haughtiness but rather a quiet confidence.
So what is her secret? It’s simple.
She understands and practices the power of stewarding her thoughts.
Before ever entering the room her thoughts of confidence and self-worth preceded her.
She knows that our thoughts determine our life and that our external world is a reflection of our internal world which is our thoughts. Our mental mindset determines our life.
A favorite quote reads “whatever model the mind holds, the life copies.” – O.S. Marden
The woman living the life you desire is thinking the thoughts you are not yet thinking.
She thinks she is capable, determined, confident, bold, worthy, positive, fit, healthy, desirable, beautiful, qualified and successful therefore she is.
She thinks life is designed to favor her therefore it does.
And, she smartly associates with those who think as she does knowing she “who walks with the wise grows wise.” (Prov. 13:20)
All of our choices will always be based upon our daily thoughts.
If we think we are worthy and valuable, we will pursue relationships that align with that belief and avoid those that do not.
If we think we are fully capable, confident, and courageous we will achieve any goal we desire but if not we have failed before even beginning.
In order to change our lives we must begin with our thoughts.
Solomon reminds us that “for as a man thinks within himself, so he is.” (Prov. 23:7)
We will starve our bodies to beat her into a certain size yet allow any thoughts no matter how self-defeating, discouraging, negative or toxic to run wild through our minds like an undisciplined child wrecking havoc, creating chaos and sabotaging our lives forgetting that our thoughts will either be poisonous or prosperous.
Stewarding our thoughts begins with understanding that we have free will to choose them and we are commanded to “take captive every thought and make it obedient to Christ.” (2 Cor 10:5)
If our thoughts are not aligning with God’s thoughts of us then we are to immediately dismiss them and embrace His view.
We must take responsibility for our thoughts keeping only those that speak life into us and permanently discarding the rest. That is stewarding our thoughts.
We no longer think like defeated women living defeated lives because He says “we are more than conquerors though Him who loved us.” (Rom 8:37)
We stop thinking we are undesirable and ugly because He says we are beautiful because He “created me in His own image.” (Gen 1:27)
We no longer believe we are weak but we have been empowered with strength to thrive and live an amazing life. (Phil 4:13)
We sadly believe we are an option but actually we are necessary and needed. (Gen 2:18)
We wrongly think we hold no worth but He says we are valuable and precious. (Prov 31: 10)
We think we are beyond repair and allow our past to define us but He says we walk in dignity and look joyfully to the future. (Prov 31:25)
We are certain we cannot take anymore disappointment or failures when He says we will not be moved when storms come because He is in our midst. (Ps 46:5)
If we want to see our lives radically change it doesn’t start in the gym, our relationships, our bank account, our career success or the number of likes on our social media posts.
It begins with our thoughts.
Commit today to stewarding your thoughts and never look back because if you neglect to control your thoughts you will never be able to control your action.
You will spend your life reacting instead of taking inspired action.
What consumes your mind will always consume your life. This I know from experience.
Your mind is a powerful tool! So give her permission to work for you and not against you!