Are You Thinking Right?

ThinkstockPhotos-131580912Recently, I’ve been trying to eat healthier. I figure if I exchange bad habits for good ones, I’ll reach my “perfect” body weight. I’ve been listening to a lot of subliminal message audio books to help boost my thinking about healthy eating and exercise.  It’s not that I don’t have time to prep food and eat right (I decided I won’t use that excuse) but that I have to make time for what’s important. So, I decided to use these audio books to help boost my thinking.  Wow! The difference has been amazing.  God must know about this subliminal mind thing right?  The daily messages we receive in our subconscious affect our thinking.  I was never one to go for that sort of hoodoo stuff.  My husband would play all these “you can do it” tapes and never do it.  So I asked him, “why do you listen to that stuff, not that it’s not good and entertaining but is that really helping you?”  He said, “Actually, sweetheart it is. I know I’m not superman, but the things you have seen me accomplish is because I try hard to get all the negative messages out of my head”.  Now my husband has always seemed like such a positive person.  In fact, even though I know that everyone gets the “can’t do it” mantra in their brain from time to time,  my husband was the ” bounce back kid”.  He just never seemed to let problems get him down.

When you live with someone like that, you think, “either your born like that or you’re not”.  But I’ve discovered through this journey of trying to live a healthier life-style that how you think, and the messages you hear and internalize, have everything to do with your actions.  Since I’ve been on this journey,  I have gone out to eat twice (way down from the everyday thing). Each time, I can honestly tell you that the focus on the food was extremely different.  Even though I enjoyed the taste, I was not focused on my food at all.  Like many people, I connect food with relaxation, not as way to fuel my body.  If it didn’t taste absolutely great, I was like George Bush with broccoli. I felt I didn’t have to eat anything I didn’t feel like eating. When I focused on feeding my body for nourishment as well as enjoyment, my thinking changed.  I drank veggie juices because it was just good for me.  Even though I had done that before, I’d put agave and fruit in there, and plenty of it, because I had this horrible sweet tooth that had to be satisfied.

I said all that to quote this scripture Proverbs 23:7 “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he” (KJV).  The way a person thinks often determines their actions.  If I think I am not capable of running a business, pleasing my spouse or being a good parent, I will get this deep in my heart.  The scripture tells us “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” Proverbs 4:23 (KJV).  I like this translation as well “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” (NIV).  Everything you do.  If you get in your head that this trouble you’re going through right now will never end; that God is playing games with your life; that you cannot take one more bad thing happening to you or you’re going to snap, then you will feel extremely discouraged about your trials and tribulations. Have you ever just looked up at the sky, thrown your hands up and asked God, “Lord what is going on?!”  Why am I here at this place in my life?  I know God is faithful and will answer.   Bottom line–God cares about every aspect of our lives.  So you have to keep your mind straight to keep your heart straight. If you have to speak encouraging scriptures into your phone and play it back, do it!  Don’t be passive! Get the encouragement from God into your head.  We have so many distractions in our world today that we tend to underestimate the power of being alone with God, meditating on him and breathing Him in–and yes–into our subconscious; so that he’s always ruling our thoughts.  He has to be first in your thoughts for spiritual success.  If you haven’t been thinking right, do the work necessary to begin that process.  

Author: Renee

I am an author and a retired minister. My passion is helping others find their sense of self and identity after so many years of losing my own. So often we go to church and are still not aware of our disconnection with our true selves. The person inside that God deeply values. My husband and I have been married for over 30 years and have 3 children. I love gourmet cooking, swimming, all kinds of music, and political and religious discussion- the two things my mom said never to talk about at the dinner table.