I do not think about what could have happened. I think about what God has already provided.
Options, ways out, scenarios – stories quickly form in our heads. It’s easy to follow your thoughts – first, second, third, etc., until you find yourself the same as the imaginations to which you have given your attention. This could be bad news. This could be good news.
And it happens without our involvement. The thoughts you care for (and even the worst ones you can care for when you keep following and repeating them) will eventually stay with you. They will become you.
“For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. (…)” (Proverbs 23: 7)
And yet it cannot be denied that life is a reflection of the structures of the heart. What the heart collects and what it holds, it will be eventually given back in words and in action.
“Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.” (Proverbs 4:23)
It could be bad news if you take care of bad thoughts. No acceptance. Depressive thoughts. A feeling of loneliness. Feeling of being insufficient. Disease. Financial problems, in marriage, with children. Lack of sense.
It could be good news if you keep your thoughts along with God’s Word. “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy – meditate on these things.” (Philippians 4:8)
This is not denying the facts. It is putting God’s Word higher than the facts. This is not positive thinking. It is thinking God’s Word that has the power to change your situation and your life. This is not thinking that everything will be okay. It is thinking it will be as God has promised.
There is something very important that is totally in our power. Search in His Word for answers to your problem. And think it! Don’t imagine anything bad. Meditate on what God has already provided. And speak it to your circumstances. God’s Word doesn’t come back to God until it does what He sent it to do.
“So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:11)
Maybe today is a good day to take a look at what you usually think about?