Intentional Thinking

Work, education, family time, weekend fun-life is full! What are we supposed to do in the mean time? How do we focus on what we think about while doing the dishes, during breaks at work, or on a long drive? Staying focused on that which is, “true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, or praiseworthy” (Philippians 4:8) does not simply happen by avoiding the bad. If we only focus on weeding out our thoughts without planting any flowers, before we know it we’ll be drowning in the waste. In order to focus, it takes two steps: 1) avoiding evil 2) and being filled with good.

We reap what we sow (Galatians 6:7). Reiterating then, if we don’t sow anything at all, we’re left with nothing. A purpose driven life needs purpose independent of the obstacles. Instead of our sole purpose only being to redeem corruption, it should be to cultivate good. Practical steps to achieving this revolve around having “good” books, music, ideas, and so forth to think about; making sure that what we allow in our life is cultivating good thoughts, and that what we pour forth is planting good seeds.

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