By Timothy Mutizwa
There are many questions in life about the individual behavioural differences. Somebody might need to know the driving force behind the actions made by the different individuals , here is the answer to the mystery : As a man thinks so is he Proverbs 23;7].
What matters most is not an action taken but the thought behind an action. The body is the servant to the mind. The body is a delicate and plastic instrument which responds readily to thoughts by which it is expressed and the habits of thought will produce the effects. Scientifically, the mind is the most powerful instrument; every thought that you have changes the chemistry of your body. James Allen describes the mind as a master weaver, both of the inner garments of character and the outer garments of circumstances.
Natural human senses are exposed to everything but it is up to the mind to reject or accept what the senses had been exposed to. Therefore, one must train his/her mind to judge between good or bad. A wise person always accepts what suits his values but a foolish accepts everything .Mind can be likened to a garden and ideas to seeds, you can grow flowers or weeds. It may be intelligently cultivated or allowed to run wild; but whether cultivated or not, it must and it will bring forth. If no useful seeds are put in it, then an abundance of useless weeds and seeds will fall therein, and will continue to produce their kind.
Good thoughts bear pleasant fruits and bad thoughts bear bad fruits. When the idea is presented, it is up to you whether to accept it like Eve who accepted the idea of a serpent or to refuse like Daniel who refused to worship an idol.
Furthermore, meditation is one of the important factors in the process of thinking. This is when you start to think critically about an issue, it involves visualisation of an idea. You start to have images of your ideas and you become part and parcel of the idea, in other words you become inseparable from your ideas.
Meditate about the book day and night and you shall make your way prosperous [Joshua 1:8].God was proving to Joshua the importance or the usefulness of meditation. If you want to know a successful man or woman both spiritually and physically, show me an individual who takes his time to meditate about his\her objective. There are many people who are finding it hard to take even ten minutes a day to think on what they want to achieve, they are only praising themselves on acquiring the new products but they are not able to introduce their own products.
Your thoughts of today determine your tomorrow. You are what you are and where you are because of the decision that you or your parent made some years ago. A person cannot directly choose his circumstances but he/she can choose his/her thoughts and it will shape his/her circumstance. The decision you make today will determine what you will be in the future. Five years from now you might be a prominent person in the world or a miserable person in street corners just because of one thing which is taken for granted, that is, a decision.
From the foregoing, it is therefore crucial that your thoughts should be linked with purpose. Your plan must therefore be the central point to your thought. One should have a vision of what and where he/she wants to be. A person is literally what he thinks, his character being the complete sum of all his thoughts. In other words, one should set the objectives in life so as to concentrate your thoughts in relation to your plan.. In the armoury of thoughts he/she becomes a destructor or restorer.
When a child is born, we accept it as a blessing from God, the flower of the family but there are some people who are no longer blessings but are curses to their society and the nation. The Lord is said,’ My spirit shall not always strive with man…[Genesis 6:3].God had no better option to deal with a person than to destroy him. People were constantly evil like they do today, but the question is; what was the source of the problem? The answer is; the mind with corrupt thoughts produces a corrupt life.
My brothers and sisters let us bear in mind that being carnally minded is death [Rom 8:6]. We should have the mind that was in Christ Jesus, the mind of peace not violence, love not hatred, joy not complaining, and faith not doubt. Self-control is strength, right thought is mastery and calmness is power. Therefore, let a person radically alter his\her thought and he\she will be astonished at the rapid transformation it will effect in the material conditions of his \her life. This reminds me of a scripture, ‘be you transformed by the renewing of your mind’ [Romans 12:2].Should you start thinking positively, your life will be positively transformed.