For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink saith he to thee, but his heart is not with thee - Proverbs 23:7 KJV
We just returned from the AAU Club championships in Orlando Florida. Aside from it being hot and humid, we had a great time. It was wonderful to see the athletes there competing to the best of their abilities. Both of my sons competed as well and it was awesome to see the areas that they needed to improve in to become better. On Friday, my youngest competed in the turbo javelin. This event was his best chance to medal since he had finished second in the region the previous week. After he completed his first throw, I knew that it was going to be a challenge for him to medal because of his body language. His mindset was not where it needed to be. As a result, he finished 9th. This was not where he wanted to be, but still an impressive showing. What happened to him at this competition is a common occurrence with us men; His thoughts sabotaged his performance. He had the talent and ability to finish in the top 5, but his thought process eliminated any chance of that happening. How often has this happened to us? We possess the ability to accomplish great things and make a positive change in our circle of influence, but fall victim to faulty thinking.
James Allen, who wrote the book, As A Man Thinketh (I highly recommend that you read this, it's available online) addresses this in the foreword. It's as follows:
This little volume (the result of meditation and experience) is not intended as an exhaustive treatise on the much-written upon subject of the power of thought. It is suggestive rather than explanatory, its object being to stimulate men and women to the discovery and perception of the truth that they themselves are makers of themselves by virtue of the thoughts which they choose and encourage; that mind is the master weaver, both of the inner garment of character and the outer garment of circumstance, and that, as they may have hitherto woven in ignorance and pain they may now weave in enlightenment and happiness.
Solomon, the wisest man that ever lived, also addressed this in the book of Proverbs as noted in the scripture above. The amount of control that a man has over his thoughts will influence his actions, whether good or bad. I have seen evidence of this in my life in regard to my relationship with my family and in my professional life. I have to constantly monitor and filter my thoughts. Unfortunately, when I try to do it under my own power, I ultimately fail. It's only when I solicit the power of Christ through prayer and study of the Bible, am I able to effectively monitor and channel my thoughts in a positive fashion. I will admit that this is an everyday challenge and something that I constantly struggle with.
ACTION PLAN: Equip yourself to think more effectively by tapping into the Christ power that is available to us all by regular study of His word. In addition, reach out to other men that have exhibited positive thinking on a consistent basis to determine the things that they are doing in their life.
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Ken Sadler is a leader of Men's Ministry at a megachurch and has a heart and passion for helping men become the best they can be.