November 10, 2020
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
Romans 12:2 NLT
I recently read that the average person has 50,000 to 70,000 thoughts per day, which equates to 35 to 48 thoughts per minute. Approximately 95 percent of our thoughts today are the same thoughts we had yesterday. To make matters worse, about 80 percent of those habitual thoughts are negative ones.
Okay, so I did the math, which means the average person has 38,000 negative thoughts a day (I used 50,000 thoughts a day). This calculates to just over 26 negative thoughts every minute, leaving us only nine positive thoughts per minute.
I’m not sure how anyone figured all that out, but I’m pretty sure that I’m not average. While I may be naive or in self-denial, I don’t think my negative thoughts outweigh my positive 3 to 1. Maybe it was my upbringing, perhaps it is my faith in God, maybe it is a choice I have made, but I believe I am at least 50/50.
I do recognize there are times when my negative thoughts are strong. Usually, when I am physically and/or emotionally tired, I tend to see the negative a lot easier.
When we focus on the negative, we create massive problems. If we focus on the negative flaws of our spouse, we begin to feel animosity toward them or a lack of love, which leads to outward negative behaviors that will damage the relationship.
If we spend time thinking negative thoughts about our boss, we will feel discontent at our job, leading to a bad attitude, poor performance, or maybe unemployment. And we will blame it on the boss instead of looking in the mirror and realizing we allowed our negative thoughts to affect our feelings, and our feelings impacted our behavior.
Thoughts turn into feelings, and those feelings can easily take control of our lives and steer us in a direction we do not want to go. Our feelings continuously try to gain control over our actions. It all begins with our thoughts.
Our thoughts create our feelings, and feelings create our behavior. Whatever we are dwelling on in our minds is what will play out in our lives. Our thoughts, not our circumstances, create our destiny.
In the end, what we think becomes who we are! We really are what we think!
Holy Spirit, I ask You to help me change my thoughts. Help me to be transformed by the renewing of my mind. Every day I need You to cleanse my mind and infuse positive, godly thoughts into my mind. Help me to see others and myself the way You do.
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