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A well-known preacher named Morris Venden said, “We are not what we think we are. We are what we think.” I’m not sure if that was his original thought or if he gleaned that from some other wise person. Either way, it’s true. 

We’ve often heard that we are what we eat, and that is true, too. But not as profoundly true as Morris Venden’s claim. We truly are what we think. We become whatever we focus our minds on.  

For example, we all know people who are disagreeable, crabby, and just plain down on life. If we were to follow them around, we would no doubt discover that they are concentrating on negative thoughts. Everyone has negative thoughts from time to time. It’s only natural, living in this world. We can’t ignore the challenges of life, after all. But as a habit, we can direct our thoughts to positive things. More important, we can direct our thoughts to spiritual things. Even when the downers of life are happening to us, we can still direct our thoughts to positive spiritual thoughts. Hope. Future. Eternity.

We are what we think. This also proves itself true in what we are entertained by. We may think that we are sitting down to relax with a movie or with television. And it may be true that our bodies are relaxing. But unless we fall asleep during the opening scene, our minds are still quite aware and awake, submitting a detailed report into our permanent memory. What we see will then become what we think about. And what we think will become what we are.

Reality a Reflection of TV

People say that TV is a reflection of reality. I believe that a more insightful observation will show us that reality is a reflection of TV. If you don’t believe me, take a tour of a high school. Take a look at the styles of clothing, body piercings, style of conversation, hair styles, and even body language. You’ll see a direct reflection of contemporary TV characters, movie stars, and music artists.

Philippians 4:8 says, 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.”

If we truly are what we think, we will follow the wisdom of Paul’s counsel and think on things that are true, noble, just, pure, lovely, and of good report. As a result, we will truly be those things as well.

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