I tweeted a quote last week that keeps running through my brain. “Be careful of your thoughts. They may become words at any moment.”

How true. The more you think about something, the more likely it is to come out of your mouth. That’s why we mentally rehearse the things we want to say so that we’re more likely to actually say them in an intelligent manner. But, on the flip-side, if we’re consumed with thoughts of how irritating something or someone is … well, that’s when a bar of soap might come in handy to wash out the taste of foot.

But I keep coming back to the first half of that statement. Be careful of your thoughts. What am I thinking about? What am I focused on, contemplating, reflecting upon? Hmm. That level of deep thought is also known as meditating.

My special-needs daughter meditates on the oddest (and most potentially irritating) things. She fixates on a topic and won’t let it go. Like the fact the neighbors across the street still have their Christmas lights up and Mom should call and tell them. Or that her youngest brother mis-spelled the word “Valentine” on a card he gave us. Or that she left her water bottle at school and someone might steal it. Hours after you think (hope) she’s forgotten about it, the issue is once again the topic of conversation.

What consumes my thoughts like that? Irritations. Offenses. Worries. Finances. Temptations. Politics. Stress. Packed schedules. Looming deadlines.

Or, like Paul instructed, do I think about different things? Things that are that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, or praiseworthy. The Bible also instructs us to guard our hearts and minds.

Be careful of your thoughts. Because what we think about affects more than just the words we speak.

What about you? What type of thoughts consume you? Are you a worrier? Do you compose mental arguments? Or do you meditate and reflect on truth?

Be Careful Of Your Thoughts
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