Thoughts are like clouds…

Thoughts are like clouds that float by in my mind.

One by one I let them move me to action,

or submerse me deep in pain.

I hold on to them because I believe they define me.

They are me, and I am they.

Thoughts are like clouds that float by in my mind,

Each one tells me a story, reminds me of my history,

or tries to protect me.

When my heart is full, they still carry on, with little concern about their impact.

Anger, annoyance, frustration, anxiety, worry, you name it.

Thoughts are like clouds that float by in my mind.

The sooner I learn to let them go, the sooner they’ll stop hurting me.

I can select the good ones, and let the bad one float.

When I feel mad or sad, I know it was a bad thought I had.

The story they tell is not always true.

Because thoughts are like clouds that float by.

Where they come from, I do not know.

When I let one thought go, a new one will arise.

When I hold on too tightly, I will miss the others passing.

Like clouds, I will let them float,

Stopping only to be observed, but no sooner I will let them go.

With curiosity, I study what they came to teach me.

But now I know, they do not define me.

I am not them, and they are not me.

They are my fears, my hopes, my dreams…

If I am still enough, I can see which ones are good or bad for me.

Thoughts are like clouds, and their only job is to float through my mind…

Thinking…

If you think you are beaten, you are; 
If you think you dare not, you don’t. 
If you’d like to win, but you think you can’t, 
It is almost a cinch you won’t. 

If you think you’ll lose, you’ve lost; 
For out in this world we find
Success begins with a person’s will
It’s all in the state of mind.

If you think you’re outclassed, you are; 
You’ve got to think high to rise. 
You’ve got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win the prize.

Life’s battles don’t always go 
To the stronger or faster man; 
But sooner or later the person who wins 
Is the one who thinks he can!

By: Walter D. Wintle

Take control of your thoughts

“A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough.” Galatians 5:9

Have you ever had a bad thought? I know, I know… who hasn’t? I have noticed how one bad thought can turn into hundreds and ruin my entire day. How do we make it stop? Do you know you have a choice over your thoughts? About what you are thinking, and how to change the negative ones into something positive? Do you know this is where our power lies? Thoughts are like yeast, and one can go a long way!

take control of your thoughts

Growing up, no one ever told me I had control over my thoughts. It was when I was a teenager that I got my first of many lessons on making sure that I think good thoughts. That one came from my pastor. He was also really big on making sure that we guard what we say, especially the negative things we naturally say about ourselves. You know when you might say, I’m so stupid, or I’m so fat, or I’m so ugly. Those are the things my pastor would teach us to avoid, with a quick lesson on how words are powerful. Likewise, our thoughts are even more powerful than our words.

READ MORE: Persuasion versus perversion

In Galatians 5:9, Paul is talking about something more spiritual. You remember the earlier verse about how perversions can infect us? Many times we say to ourselves; that’s just a small lie, or it’s just a movie. Or even better, you’re not going to be drunk with just one bottle. It’s just a little sleepover, what’s the big deal? Or maybe it’s regarding your self esteem. And you might say something like this, I didn’t actually mean I am stupid, it’s something I just say. These very small, and seemingly insignificant behaviours or thoughts are the very things that transforms us, little by little. One bottle turn out to be really delicious, and so another one won’t harm. Or will it?

You see, like our thoughts, yeast isn’t a bad thing. Its purpose is to make dough rise, so we can have bread, and it is the most important ingredient. But, you ONLY need a little. Too much, and you destroy the batch. I am no baker, and I have never made bread. But, I think about yeast the same way I think about salt. Salt is the necessary ingredient to make the food savoury, but have you had fries that are too salty? It just overpowers everything, and now you no longer care to eat it. Yeast is probably like that in bread. Except that it’s visibly evident in that it causes the bread to go flat instead of rising.

I would say that’s what happens when you have too many bad thoughts. It pollutes the entire mind. As per 2 Corinthians 10:5, “….we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” This is the power that we have inside of us: To take control of our thoughts. Have you heard the phrase, we are not our thoughts? We have to make the decision to think good thoughts even when we see the negative thoughts passing through. Again, I am saying, we have control over our thoughts. And let me add here, of our feelings too. Often, we get overpowered by our thoughts and feelings especially when it comes to love, pain, or grief. Even in those moments, it is not for us to believe all our thoughts. Next time, try surrendering the painful thoughts and feelings to God, and trust Him to replace them with His peace.

Remember this, each time we think negative thoughts or condemning thoughts, we are putting our flesh above God. In Genesis 3:11 God asks Adam and Eve, “Who told you that you were naked?…” Do not say something about yourself that God did not say about you. Rather, seek God, and let him transform you with His thoughts. We already know that God thinks good thoughts about us, so let him work those same thoughts inside of us. Do not allow “yeast” to come in and destroy what God has already worked inside of us.