Posted by: Arden Compton | June 6, 2014

The Importance Of Your Thoughts

What do you think about when you don’t have to be thinking about something? What a man is thinking when he doesn’t have to be thinking about something says a lot about the character of that man, where he is going and what he is becoming. In the New Testament it says,

“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue,  and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Philippians 4:7

These are good guidelines as what we should be thinking about. Here are a few other great quotes on the subject. They say it better than I could.

“A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves. – Budda

“As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.” Proverbs 23:7

“There is another responsibility correlated and even co-existent with … agency, which is too infrequently emphasized, and that is the effect not only of a person’s actions, but also of his thoughts. Man radiates what he is, and that radiation affects to a greater or less[er] degree every person who comes within that radiation” ( David O McKay, “Free Agency … the Gift Divine,” Improvement Era, February 1962, 87).
“What matters is to live in the present, live now, for every moment is now. It is your thoughts and acts of the moment that create your future. the outline of your future path already exists, for you created its pattern by your past.  – Sai Baba
“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature.” – Marcus Aurelius

“Thoughts mold your features. Thoughts lift your soul heavenward or drag you toward hell. … As nothing reveals character like the company we like and keep, so nothing foretells futurity like the thoughts over which we brood. …
“To have the approval of your conscience when you are alone with your thoughts is like being in the company of true and loving friends. To merit your own self-respect gives strength of character. Conscience is the link that binds your soul to the spirit of God” (David O McKay, “Those Sculptors Called Thoughts and Ideals,” Improvement Era, July 1960, 495).

Plant a thought and reap a word;
plant a word and reap an action;
plant an action and reap a habit;
plant a habit and reap a character;
plant a character and reap a destiny. – Steven R. Covey – 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

What are you thinking and becoming? What is a man becoming who is preoccupied with thoughts about pornography? That man will never achieve his full potential and leave a notable legacy of greatness. Any undisciplined man can let his idle thoughts go downstream to pornography. Any dead fish can float downstream.

“Self-control means the government and regulation of all our natural appetites, desires, passions, and affections; and there is nothing that gives a man such strength of character as the sense of self-conquest, the realization that he can make his appetites and passions serve him and that he is not a servant to them. This virtue includes temperance, abstinence, bravery, fortitude, hopefulness, sobriety, chastity, independence, tolerance, patience, submission, continence, purity.” – David O McKay
When you choose to think about something, you are placing that above all else in that moment. You have the choice to think of an infinite number of things. You could be thinking about your family, God, money, physics, a movie, Hawaii, a friend in need,  your life purpose, etc. Why do you think about what you think about? In the moment you choose to think about something, you are giving it priority above all the other infinite things you could be thinking about. What does that say about you, that you have given this subject higher priority than anything else? Where will this lead you? Will the thoughts you choose help you and the world around you be better? Or are your thoughts selfish in nature, seeking for pleasure and entertainment? It’s your choice. You get to choose your thoughts. I challenge you to raise your thoughts, discipline your mind, and as Paul said to the Phillipians, think on those things that are pure, lovely, virtuous, of good report or praiseworthy. Live a transparent life, so that if your thoughts were put on a loud speaker for all to hear, you would be at comfortable and at ease with nothing to hide or be ashamed of.

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