I picked up a book yesterday from my book shelf by John Maxwell, titled “Think On These Things.”
There was no electricity, my phone was out of battery because my youngest daughter played games on it, could not work for there was no wifi so I decided to spend my lean time in reading a book. Good thing it was daytime so there was light.
As I was reading the book, the first part was all about the verse Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.”
It was all about thinking what is worth thinking in my mind.
I paused for a while, and thought about my thought process.
Have I been thinking positive thoughts? Excellent or praiseworthy thoughts?
Or have I been too negative about myself, my life, my situation and all the fears and failures that I have in mind?
I realized suddenly that I have been contradicting myself for so long already. In my heart, I felt I wanted change and was trying to force myself to change and do the things that I want to do in order to achieve my goals, my dreams and to be who I want to be.
But I have also been thinking and maybe even convincing myself with thoughts that things will never change in my life. I am a failure and will always be a failure. I will never hit my goals on time. I will never achieve my dreams or my goals because I just simply can’t. I am lazy even if I don’t want to be lazy.
It’s kind of tough to have all these self doubts in your mind and when your heart wants to believe otherwise because I want to hold on to God’s truth and promise that He created me wonderfully and fearfully for a purpose.
And I want to fulfill that purpose because I want to serve and honor Him who created me.
Little did I know and realize that I all those negative thoughts that I keep on thinking has been affecting how I see myself in Christ who saved me from my sins and redeemed me from this self-defeating bondage of lies about myself.
John Maxwell taught 2 things on how to start changing.
- Read 2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
- Change your thought life. You can literally change your life by beginning to think different thoughts.
As soon as I read about this, I made a commitment to God and myself that I will memorize by heart and mind the verse 2 Corinthians 5:17 and continuously do step 2 in changing my thought life.
Everyone wants change and needs change. You can start today by doing these 2 steps and commit into doing it.
I invite you to take the bold step in changing how we think of ourselves, our circumstance and of the people around us.
Let me know of your progress as I will be letting you know of my progress as well.
To God Be The Glory!