Think on these things

Have you ever thought about what you think about? Okay, I know that sounds like some pseudo-zen question out of a bad kung-fu movie but stick with me on this one. Our thoughts color our experiences. If you’re at all like me when you expect something negative to happen that becomes the focus of your thoughts. Those thoughts then govern your experience. I think this is particularly true in the context of marriage. How we think about our spouses colors our experience of them. That’s neither good nor bad. That’s just true. Here’s the problem. We don’t think about what we think about. We don’t think intentionally we let our minds wander. Our experience then becomes controlled by the capriciousness of our thoughts. This doesn’t have to be our experience. We have a choice, we can control our thoughts or our thoughts can control us. Which would you prefer? Imagine if rather than allowing your mind to wander you took Paul’s advice in Phillipians 4:8 and intentionally thought about whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, or praiseworthy. What would your experience be then? Try it and let me know what happens. I’ll share my experience later as well.