Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but to be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.
“When an impure spirit comes out of a person, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. Then it says, ‘I will return to the house I left.’ When it arrives, it finds the house unoccupied, swept clean and put in order. Then it goes and takes with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that person is worse than the first. That is how it will be with this wicked generation.”
Willie Nelson (b. 1933), a musician and activist said, “Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.” But how could we do this? Norman Vincent Peale (1898–1993), a minister wrote, “Change your thoughts and you change the world.” Much of what we think will help shape the world. Buddha (563 BC/480 BC–483 BC/400 BC), an ascetic and sage said, “We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. Where the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.” Having pure thoughts are an exceptional blessing.
Henry David Thoreau (1817––1862), a philosopher and abolitionist wrote, “As a single footstep will not make a path on earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.” Peace Pilgrim (1908–1981), a non-denominational spiritual teacher said, “I don’t eat junk foods and I don’t think junk thoughts.” Inevitable there are thoughts that build up minds up and those that pull them down. So focus on elevating the way you live, and use good thoughts to inspire people.
By centering your thoughts positively you’ll be able to reap numerous rewards. People are able to bless others by the good deeds they do. So let your focus, be clear. In speech be positive by elevating others by what you say. Let the things you do be positive, for every good work is beneficial in God’s kingdom. You should create heaven right where you live by sharing love on earth.
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