Be careful what you think, my friends, I’m writing this column to remind us to control our thinking. Don’t allow our minds to take us places that will harm you. Pay close attention to what it is you are thinking about.
In the first paragraph of his bestseller “Think and Grow Rich,” Napoleon Hill argues that thinking is more conducive to success than any other feature, including money, education or specific knowledge about something. The man that “thinks” he can accomplish something is already a step forward toward the finish line. But thinking in itself might be too general of a term. That’s why Hill translates thinking as a mixture of initiatives. When you have the ability to figure things out and begin taking steps toward them by following those thoughts given to you by the Holy Spirit, that’s what Hill is speaking of.
When you use your common sense, and you have faith in your thoughts, you have that willingness to do those good things that you are being led to do; then, you ARE what you think, in a “good” way. Your thought can lead you in the opposite direction too. My column is only a reminder to suggest you pay close attention to what you’re thinking.
The Bible makes it clear that our thoughts and hearts are linked, and that means every one of us. What and how we think affects our heart. Just think about the cop who held his knee on the neck of George Floyd for 8 minutes and 46 seconds. His heart was filled with darkness. If it had not been so dark, he would not have been able to do such a horrible thing.
There are many Scriptures to support this idea. Let’s start with the flood, God described the condition of people’s hearts in Genesis 6:5: “And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.”
Let us take full responsibility for our thoughts, by renewing our minds and cleaning up our thoughts. This Scripture was given to me by the Holy Spirit 10 years ago while searching for a title to my new radio show, “The Lyndia Grant Show.” Its subtitle is “Think on These Things,” taken from Philippians 4:8: “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any praise, think on these things.” This Scripture shows how we are governed by our thinking.
Romans 12:2 KJV (“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God”) is a Scripture that I stand firmly on. Then there is this Scripture which teaches us to adopt a new mindset: “Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.” (Colossians 3:2)
My conclusion: We must pay close attention to what it is we are thinking about. When you find yourself being afraid that you will get the coronavirus, shake that devil off and put your mind on things above. Regarding these police who gave taken off the white hoods and sheets from their Ku Klux Klan rallies and put on blue uniforms, Scripture is showing the world how God has determined, as he said in Luke 12:2-3, “the secrets will be uncovered, the truth will come forth, and God’s thought about every behavior and action will be vindicated. What’s done in the dark will come to light.” Thank God he has created it to operate so!
Lyndia Grant is a speaker/writer living in the D.C. area. Her radio show, “Think on These Things,” airs Fridays at 6 p.m. on 1340 AM (WYCB), a Radio One station. To reach Grant, visit her website, www.lyndiagrant.com, email email@example.com or call 240-602-6295. Follow her on Twitter @LyndiaGrant and on Facebook.