Garbage In, Garbage Out: You Are What You Think – Part 2
In the previous post we have explored the implications of the Bible verse from the book of Proverbs, “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he” and connected it to the principles of meditation. We also have seen that thought leads to action, and if we feed our minds with worldly or ungodly thoughts our actions will assuredly follow – garbage in, garbage out. Therefore, we should be mindful of what we take in, mindful of what we dwell on and mindful of every thought.
In Part 2 of this post I share additional Bible verses to underscore the connection between our thoughts, our actions, and the outcomes of our lives. Let’s begin with Psalm 1:1-3.
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.
These verses from Psalms are rich with many principles, but let’s focus on the topic at hand. A person is blessed when they refrain from exposing themselves to ungodliness, or in other words, keep themselves from the spiritual “garbage” of this world. The blessing of God comes from meditating on the Law, or Word, of God not just occasionally, but continually day and night. So, this meditation is not just a thing to do but rather a way of life. The benefits are clear: a fruitful and blessed life.
Going to the New Testament the Apostle Paul outlines a similar principle in Philippians 4:8:
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.
Here we see the types of things we should be filling our hearts and minds with. And in the following verse we see the benefit:
The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you. – Philippians 4:9 NKJV
If we learn to discipline our minds towards Godly thinking, God Himself and His peace will constantly abide with us. This is underscored by the prophet Isaiah and again by Paul:
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. – Isaiah 26:3 KJV
Pray without ceasing. – Thessalonians 5:17 NKJV
Having your mind “stayed” means to keep your mind fixated, or in other words, to continually meditate. To pray without ceasing is to continually be in the mindset of prayer. OK, I hear you say “how can I meditate all day long?”; “How can I pray all of the time?”; “Should I join a monastery?”.
The point is that if we fill our hearts and minds with Godly things, our thoughts begin to center around Godly things. Meditation is nothing more than thinking on purpose, and we think throughout the day. Prayer is nothing more than communicating with God, and we can share our every thought and action with Him.
So you see, meditation is not a thing to do but rather a way to be. By purposefully keeping our mind on the the things of God, we become more Godly, and more blessed. After all, you are what you think.
Your thoughts and comments are welcomed.