AS A MAN THINKETH SO IS HE
“For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.” Proverbs 23:7
No man is greater than his thoughts. Every mans experience is simply a sum total of his thoughts. To change a man, you have to change his thoughts.
Irrespective of the external actions and activities, nobody ever rises above the level of his thoughts. Let me give you a practical example. Growing up in Lagos, the commercial nerve Centre of Nigeria, was an adventure in and of itself. Many people had to commute around the city using rickety public buses. Each bus usually had two officials, a driver and a ‘conductor’.
The conductor was more like a salesman. Usually, they’d hang by the door of the bus shouting and calling different destinations, struggling to get as many people as possible into their bus. It seemed like to qualify for this job you needed to have a deep, husky voice and be very unkempt. Usually, their clothes were more like rags and they’d stink from seating all under the tropical sun.
Imagine you had a beautiful shirt and you decided to give one of these ‘conductors’ as a gift. In just a few weeks, you’d find out that the same shirt you’ve had for some time and was in good condition when you gave it out will be nothing more than a rag.
Why? The mans mind is programmed to think in a certain way and he will reduce his environment to his mind.
As such you can’t change a man by what you give him but by what his mind thinks.
Real change and progress starts within.
This is what King Solomon was referring to in our text.
But there’s a part that many people do not see.
Our thoughts rule our lives but the most dominant thoughts are not those we think of ourselves but those we project on others.
Note that in Proverbs 23:7, Solomon was talking about what a man thinks of others not himself. Now that changes the dynamics.
Its easier to change what a man thinks of himself but how about others? You can’t project evil on another because of your envy and jealousy.
You can’t wish people hurt and harm.
Be careful what you project on to others because you’d be the first partaker.
Take charge of your mind today. That’s the only way to take charge of your life.
Dear Heavenly Father, i thank You for the mind you have given to me. I take charge of my mind by thinking about only what is True, Pure, Noble, honest, and what is of Good Report. I think thoughts that are edifying and lifting. As i renew my mind with the word of God today, i begin to see people just as God sees them, In the Mighty Name of Jesus, Amen.
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