What Choices Do We Have Control Over?

“I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:13)

I read something interesting today. “Every thought is a chance to create something new in your life.”

Each thought we have directs where we will be tomorrow. Our thoughts are powerful. Rather than “you are what you eat” – you are what you think.

I find it fascinating that we, as human beings, have the ability to step back and examine out thoughts. Sometimes that is hard to do. We can have “automatic” thoughts that are so ingrained we don’t even realize we are thinking them. We have conclusions about life and the world that we developed at such a young age that we might not know why we are so sure they are true – but to us – they are.

It is tremendously difficult to challenge those thoughts. It’s easy to live in negativity. Sometimes, we don’t even realize how negative we are.

“It’s no use,” we might say to ourselves. “Things are always going to be this way.” “Why should I even try?” “Things just go from bad to worse.”

When we look at life that way, it tends to become a self-fulfilling prophecy as we overlook the good and search out those things that will confirm our thoughts.

Can we turn this around? What if we believe every thought is that chance to create something new? What if we turn to Christ and look for the renewing that only He can bring, and acknowledge that we are traveling one of two paths. One that will lead to something new and beautiful growing inside of us, or one that will lead us to even more misery than we already experience.

“I can do all things through Him” is a good place to start. We may not even believe it at first – but as we allow those words to permeate our thoughts – it will begin to influence how we feel and how we act. There is so much power in the many promises that God has given us in His word.

So, what are you choosing to think?

The choice is yours and the power is God’s.

Prayer: Father God, Thank you that every moment is a new opportunity to grow closer to you. Thank you that our minds can and will be renewed when we dwell on the good around us and on who You are. Help us remember that the words we think today direct our paths tomorrow and guide us on the pathway to You.


About the Author:
deni weber believes that the only true way to deal with chronic challenges is to bring them to the feet of her Lord and Savior. Her challenges have taught her many things about herself and her Christian walk. It is her fondest desire that her lessons may be helpful to others as they walk the path of chronic illness. Her website is http://www.pathwaysforchange.com/Encouragement – deni can be reached at encouragingwords@me.com

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4 thoughts on “What Choices Do We Have Control Over?

  1. I have this scripture from Phillipians below my signature on all my emails. Helps me to remember where my strength comes from!

    I totally agree with this auther: taking our pain to Christ is one of the most effective tools I have found as well.

    God Bless!

  2. I rely on this verse as well. I know when I face what seems impossible, I repeat them over and over. What a great idea to have it for a siggy file on your email! Thanks for taking the time to comment, Julie. It is much appreciated.

    deni

  3. deni, I appreciate reading these thoughts of yours!

    They really put a new “spin” on taking every thought captive and how easily we can be taken captive if we are not careful. As you say, best to be captivated by how God can turn our thoughts into ones that draw us closer to His strength.

    I think the hardest thing many ( most ) of us face is that we do not “feel” strong physically and so we can get confused over just what that word “strength” means. Now there are some thougths to think about! What is “strength” when seen by the Lord and given to us by Him?

    Love,
    Lynn

  4. Thanks deni for these great thoughts. I’m going to try to focus today on the “I can do” instead of looking at how difficult the current challenge is. God does give us strength we are sometimes even not aware of, even as Lynn said when we don’t feel strong.

    Bless you,
    Fiona

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