Your thoughts run your life.
Don’t waste your thoughts on unprofitable thoughts. Don’t let your mind take you places that are futile or will never come into effect. Why not? Because you’ll be disappointed that your reality looks nothing like the movie scene you’ve created in your head.
I used to daydream all the time – in an unproductive way. I suppose I’m a rather creative and imaginative person. My personality type is actually nicknamed the ‘dreamy idealist’. It’s in my nature to dream. And I used to daydream all the time. I would have imaginary conversations; create my own mini-dramas in my mind; roll-play different scenarios.
The problem with my daydreams is that they were based on wishful thinking, not on reality. All they did was waste my time and emotions.
But I believe, dreaming about reality is extremely profitable.
What do I mean by that? I mean dreaming up goals and visions about the direction and effects of your life – dreaming about what you personally can do with the life you have.
What if we replaced the time spent dwelling on useless ‘what if’s, negative past decisions, and unproductive daydreams, with realistic yet amazing, helpful, life-benefiting goals? What could we achieve? Don’t get stuck in imagination. Create a vision. Create a dream. And pursue it.
Your dream will look different to mine which will look different to the next person’s. Maybe your dream is about a career path or maybe about family life – how you will raise your children. Maybe you have a vision to restore relationships. I don’t know what your dream is. But you have the permission to dream. God is bigger than any dream you could ever think up:
Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. (Ephesians 3:20)
Infinitely more! I love that!
Craig Groeschel once said "Our lives move in the direction of our strongest thoughts."
Your thoughts determine your actions which determine your path, which ultimately determines your destination. Where do you want to end up? What do you spend your time thinking on? Do they line up?
I don’t know about you, but I think this verse is a struggle:
“…take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:5)
How can you change your thoughts? How can you stop thinking certain things? Capture those thoughts and make them obedient to Christ. Make them obedient. But how do you make a thought obedient to Christ? It’s hard, if not impossible, to cut thoughts out of your mind if you don’t replace them with another thought. Choose a thought that is more helpful to your life, something that is ‘obedient to Christ’, something that will help you arrive at your desired destination and turn to it each time you are caught up in a negative or unhelpful thought.
And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you. (Philippians 4:8-9)
Don’t just talk the talk, walk the walk. Super cliché, right? But it’s a good motto. Read this:
Much dreaming and many words are meaningless. Therefore fear God. (Ecclesiastes 5:7)
I believe this verse is saying that dreams without actions are pointless. “Talk is cheap” is how another translation puts it. Be careful when you dream and when you pursue your dreams that you never become prideful. Remember to always keep God number one and to rely on Him as your strength.
Dream with Him.
I have decided to abandon my unproductive daydreaming ways and replace them with dreams of reality. Will you too?
I can do all things through Christ, because he gives me strength. (Philippians 4:13)
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. (Colossians 3:17)
Be careful what you think, because your thoughts run your life. (Proverbs 4:23)
Those who work their land will have plenty of food, but the one who chases empty dreams is not wise. (Proverbs 12:11)
In all labor there is profit, but idle chatter leads only to poverty. (Proverbs 14:23)
Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans. (Proverbs 16:3)