“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.” – Philippians 4:8 NKJV
We can’t always control the thoughts that pop into our head, but we can control how long they are allowed to stay. Be intentional about what you “meditate” on. I have a melancholy personality and easily slip into depression if I don’t feed my mind with positive thoughts. When you see your mind going down an unhealthy path make a U turn. Take control!
One of the best ways to eliminate stinking thinking is to meditate on God’s Word. Find scriptures that inspire and motivate you. Write them out and read them repeatedly until you can quote them from memory. Again, be intentional. If you know you struggle with a certain thought pattern, find scriptures that speak God’s truth over your situation to combat the destructive thoughts.
I also recommend reading personal development books. There are an endless supply of books available to enrich your life. The saying “you are what you eat” is just as applicable to what we feed our minds and our spirit as it is to what we feed our bodies.
God created you for a greater purpose than allowing negative thoughts to control your destiny. Get in the Word, read some great books or listen to inspirational tapes, and go to sleep listening to relaxing worship music. I have several bedtime favorites that include soothing scripture readings.
Use today’s verse as a guide to train your mind to think of the things that produce a mindset that will enrich your life and consequently the lives of those closest to you.