Discipline Your Mind

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers and sisters, keep your thoughts on whatever is right or deserves praise: things that are true, honorable, fair, pure, acceptable, or commendable.
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Watch your thoughts because they can turn from thoughts to words you speak.  The words you speak can quickly turn into actions that before you now it have become habits and soon you have become what was at one time just a thought.

When thoughts of yesterday’s failures begin to play in your mind, change the channel.  When I was a child, my grandmother would always say get rid of stinking thinking.  I think many of us are watching reruns of our past over and over again.

Some are focused on the “What if’s” of the future.  Focused so much, that we can’t focus on anything else.  With worry and anxiety we replay over and over in our mind “what could happen.”  That scenario also plays over and over, occasionally having a different bad outcome.

Some people have become so familiar with the replay of the past or future failures that each day you pull out the folding chair, pop yourself some pop corn and settle in for the full feature film called “What if, Maybe and If Only”

Paul said putting off what is behind to focus on what’s ahead.  He said we should keep our thoughts on whatever is right or deserves praise: things that are true, honorable, fair, pure, acceptable, or commendable.

When your movie of the past or future failures begin to play and they create fear, anxiety or worry you need to turn it off and remind yourself of a few things:

Your future is greater than your past.

Don’t feel sorry for yourself.

Stop mourning over what was lost.

God always has another plan. Start expecting Gods goodness. He had a plan for you before you were even born.

If God takes care of the birds in the air, how much more will He take care of you?

God forgives all your sins and throws them far, far away, and so should you.

Your past does not define your future.  You do.

You are created in God’s image.  How awesome is that?!?!

Turn the movie off and get a little sunshine today.  Better yet, get rid of the movie that is holding you back, read and meditate on God’s word and spend some time chatting with God instead.  You will be more inspired, motivated and stress free if you do.

 

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It is so funny how the mind works isn’t it? Today I woke up 30 minutes early so that I could work out before going to work. I have a WII Fit and a Zumba video, both of which are a good 30 minute workout. As a matter of fact I have been getting up 30 minutes early for the last month to work out to one of these great tools. The sad reality is that in the month that I have been getting up early I may have worked out a total of about 5 times. Each morning there comes a new excuse as to why I can’t work out. Todays excuse was that one of my dogs kept up all night, true story, and so I needed the extra sleep in order to be productive at work. Soooo, my 30 minute work out turned into a 30 minute nap. I convinced myself that this was the right thing to do and totally agreed with myself until later in the morning as I slid the 3rd or 4th pair of pants to the top of my thighs and then back on the hanger. Just as I edged out the door for work I promised myself to eat a good healthy lunch and then to walk 3 miles with a new walking group this evening. It seemed like the minute I walked into the office today my stomach began to roar. It was like it knew today was going to be a light lunch so it decided it better start protesting right away. I did eat a healthy lunch, tomato basil soup and hated every minute of it. As a matter of fact I searched my desk, purse and the entire office for a candy bar when finished. Thank goodness there are no mirrors I have to stand in front of during work and praise the Lord no reason to change my pants at work. The day is still young and I have not eaten that candy bar I longed and searched for and it is just 12:52 so I am planning on participating in the group walk this evening. Maybe I better go home and try on some pants just before its time to walk before my mind convinces me otherwise.