Mind before matter

25 01 2011

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” (Philippians 4:8)


Thinking, thinking, thinking. Have you ever noticed how much time we spend each day thinking. I know for me, there are very few moments when I am not thinking of something. I am a dreamer, a sympathizer, a planner. I am always curious, wondering or just contemplating something. Lately I’ve been thinking (strange, I know) about what exactly I spend all of this time thinking about. We always talk about wanting to change behaviors or prioritize. To spend more time with God or less time doing the things we shouldn’t do or more time doing the things we should. You know how it goes, we want family first, work second, worry less, enjoy more. So why is it sometimes so difficult to make these changes? It’s because matter (behavior) is secondary to mind (thoughts).

So think, what is it that you think about? Because where your thoughts are is where your actions will be too. If you think about money, you will spend it. If you think about what you lack, you will forget what you have. If you think about your blessings, you will be happier. If you think about God, you will desire Him daily.


Before we can change our actions, we must first change our thoughts. If we don’t we will just be perpetuating a constant battle in our minds. So what does the Bible say about this? Philippians 4:8 is the perfect verse. Think about things that are praiseworthy, noble, true, right. If we think in that direction, we will act there also. We will worry less, smile more, stress less, enjoy more. I know which one I will pick.


In His love,






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