Tuesday, 21 August 2012
WE THINK, WE BECOME
A man is literally the product of his thinking. Based upon this important truth, author James Allen wrote his acclaimed self-help book, “As A Man Thinketh”.
This view concurs with what the Bible says in Proverbs 23:7: “As a man thinks in his heart, so does he become”.
“Men imagine that thought can be kept secret but it cannot. It rapidly crystallises into habit, and habit solidifies into circumstances,” writes Allen. For example, evil thoughts give rise to sensuality and drunkenness and later result in poverty and disease.
“A man cannot directly choose his circumstances, but he can choose his thoughts and so indirectly, yet surely, shape his circumstances,” he adds.
If we sincerely desire to see change in our inner man, this can only come through continual sipping at the springs of Living Water, God’s Word. Only then can we embrace the mind of Christ — one of humility and humble service (Philippians 2: 5-8). And be filled with heavenly wisdom, which is characterised by purity, peace, gentleness and good fruits (James 3:17).