We are more than our thoughts. Your value comes from who you are as a human, one of God’s creation who He has made in His own image. You’re eternally valuable.
And yet, your brain, your thoughts, are incredibly powerful. How and what you think drive what happens in your life.
Two people with the same personality and opportunities might live completely different lives because the one chose to discipline and expand their mind while the other let their mind go. It’s important to control your mind and keep it in subjection to Christ. That’s part of Paul’s command in Philippians 4:8:
Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.
Part of discipling the mind is exposing it to new thing and taking opportunities (while keeping your thoughts within the bounds of the true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, of good repute, excellent, and worthy of praise).
All too often I tend to close into myself and avoid taking risks and trying new opportunities. I rarely leave my comfort zone. But I want to change that.
I was challenged yesterday to not get mentally stagnant. So every week, I want to do something new, something that will stretch me. This week, that will be applying to jobs. I don’t feel like I’m good enough to get hired, but I’m going to try anyway. If I don’t apply, I most certainly won’t get accepted.
I know that if I keep my thoughts in line, I can do anything God gives me the strength for.