Thinking skinny thoughts

I’m thinking skinny thoughts.  Yes.  Me.

I can hear some of my friends snickering.  Well, snicker on.  I have five pounds to lose, and my mind, as well as my mouth, has to get in gear.  

So I’m thinking skinny thoughts, along with eating more mindfully and committing to more intense exercise.  There are items of clothing to fit into and, come hell or high water, I am going to fit into them.  And soon too!

One of the mantras of my favorite Bible teacher is “where the mind goes, the (wo)man follows.”  It applies to our physical health as much as it does to our spiritual health.

Our thoughts ought to be lean, fit, trim, and beneficial to our well-being.  They should be “skinny” in the sense that the “fat” of excessive dwelling on the negative and living in the past isn’t given a chance to survive.  

Here’s the progression:  thoughts turn into words; words turn into actions.  If we keep our thoughts in shape, the words and actions are more likely to do likewise.  It all begins in the mind.

And that’s the rub.

The mind is a pesky little creature that seems to have a mind of its own … if we let it.  It can behave like a two-year-old asserting itself against the world, and without a firm parent, it can really turn into a terror.

So I believe that some skinny thoughts are in order.  They could be mind-changing, even life-changing … if we let them.  

And I admit:  I struggle daily with getting my thoughts to a manageable weight and size.  When my thoughts begin to spiral out of control, I recognize, yet again, that I’ve fallen for the lie that I have no control over my thoughts.  Not!  

As a believer, I am endowed with all of the fruit of the Spirit mentioned in the book of Galatians, especially self-control.  Plus, Philippians 4:8 reminds me of the type of “thought diet” I need to follow to keep my mind in optimum shape:

“Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious–the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse.”

Guys, we can do this in Christ!  Let’s give our thoughts a good workout daily.  Can you imagine the great shape we’d be in if we remained steadfast with our “skinny thoughts”?

What derails your thought life?  What are you feeding your mind? 

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