Put a Label on Your Thoughts

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”

– Philippians 4:8

Today, as we continue our discussion on the power of our thoughts and how they can determine the course and outcome of our lives, I want to present you with a challenge.

What do you do if you are going to embark on a project that involves cleaning out and organizing something in your home? Say you decide to tackle the kitchen pantry that has been getting more and more cluttered, or perhaps you feel ambitious enough to take on the garage. Whatever it is, chances are that besides throwing a few things away, you are going to sort through, organize, and label the items you want to keep safe and easily accessible. There’s something about categorizing and labeling things that gives us the sense that we have a handle on our resources; we know what we have and where to find it. Though most of us have never thought about our minds in this manner, my challenge to you this week is to begin identifying and labeling your thoughts.

Friend, you have the power to think about what you think about! Whenever you have a thought that stands out to you — maybe one that is noble, inspiring, creative, joyful or imaginative — call it that. On the contrary, if you are plagued by contemplations of bitterness, revenge, anger, addiction, compulsion or other negative things, put a label on those too, but don’t do it with shame, do it objectively with grace and understanding. The heart behind this exercise is not to cause condemnation or guilt, but to gain insight into your thought patterns and how they impact your day-to-day life. It’s simple yet complex, but the truth is that if you think the way everyone else thinks, you’ll get the results everyone else is getting. On the other hand, if you make a conscious effort to understand your mind and consistently dwell on Godly things — those that are true, lovely, and noble — you will live the abundant life that Jesus died on the cross to give you! Isn’t that wonderful news?


I ask, Jesus, for a mind like yours. I pray that the Holy Spirit will illuminate my thoughts and highlight those that are true, noble, praiseworthy, and excellent.


Will you take the challenge to label your thoughts this week?

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