Fix Your Thoughts

Thinking is a unique gift given to us by God. While it sets us apart from the rest of creation, it also can cause us to go astray.

We know that our words have the power of life and death, and we need to guard them carefully. We also know that there is a strong correlation between thought and speech; we usually talk about what we are thinking (though it can be debated whether some of us actually think about what we are talking!)

I have been noticing how often the Bible exhorts us to clean up not only our words, but also to keep our thoughts in the right place. “Fix your thoughts on Jesus1…”; “Fix your eyes on Jesus2…”; “Let your attitude be the same as that of Christ Jesus3…” In fact, the language becomes militaristic; we must “take every thought captive!”

I don’t see any verses that advise us to focus our attention on all our personal problems or the disasters in the world around us. Instead, the things that are “true, excellent, noble, praiseworthy and of good report”4 are those about which we should think.

Of course the problems and disasters will shout for our attention. We need to be aware of them. But after awareness, we have a choice. {And don’t we love choices!! Have you ever noticed that even with a menu offering several hundred entrees, we almost always want to change this or that in our selection: “Can I get it with fries instead of mashed potatoes? With low-fat honey garlic mustard dressing on the side, instead of ranch?”} Aha – we might explore our addiction to choice in another blog.

But the point here is that I need to make the choice to fix (repair) my thoughts and fix (direct) them on the right things. That’s not easy when so many things seem to be going so badly all around. It can be a battle, as God’s word indicates. Yet certainly my speech – and my mood and my attitudes – will reveal where my thoughts have been dwelling. Hopefully that is in pleasant places.

~ Diane 

1Hebrews 3:1; 2 Hebrews 12:2; 3 Philippians 2:5; 4Philippians 4:8

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About Omondis In Kenya

Ibrahim and Diane Omondi serve on the DOVE Christian Fellowship International Apostolic Council, giving oversight to the region of Africa. They have been ministering together in Kenya since 1984 and now oversee the work of more than 100 congregations in four nations. They also give leadership to the missions thrust of DOVE Africa which includes 14 Kenyan and Ugandan missionaries serving among unreached people groups in these nations. The Omondis direct Springs of Africa, a non-profit organization sponsoring micro-finance, community development and various education initiatives.
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4 Responses to Fix Your Thoughts

  1. Kristine says:

    Thank you for this! It also makes me think of 2 Corinthians 10:5, where Paul says to “take every though captive to the obedience of Christ.” Sometimes our thoughts will get away from us, and can turn into something that does not obey Christ…bad attitude or bitterness towards something seem to be what most occurs for me. But like you said, we need actively direct our thoughts toward Him!

  2. 3espighs says:

    I LoVED (and needed) this entry, and find all that you wrote to be sO true. I have wondered if what you referred to is more prevalent in the U.S.A………it certainly does happen here a LoT.

    Thank you for those scriptures; I know ‘em but want to take them more to heart!

    • 3espighs says:

      I don’t know why I get listed as 3espighs! This is Laurie Fulmer!! :) We go to church with the Espigh family, and at some point, something must have gotten mixed up in the account with my email and THeM!! Maybe I will always stay identified as The 3Espighs!! :) :)

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