I love football. My high school football coach spent a lot of time coaching our minds and not just our muscles. He would talk about avoiding “stinking thinking” and other negative thought that become our future. He would teach us to visualize the win to where we can see the celebration after victory. What I have learned is what we focus our minds on we do.
Today I spend a lot more time thinking about working out and nutrition than I did 10 years ago. It has become a focus for me. As a result, I eat healthier and work out 5-6 times per week. Have you ever met someone who was laser focused on a goal? Then 3 weeks later they are still focused and clearer in their direction. What happens? They do what they set their mind to do. Until the last century, running a mile in under 4 minutes was impossible and doctors said your heart would explode if you achieved it. Then someone did it. They did the impossible, within a year over 10 other people did the same thing. Why? They knew it could be done and their mind was focused on it.
Philippians 4:8 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.
The Lord teaches us that we should take our thoughts captive and set them to things that are of His Kingdom. He knew that when His vision of His Kingdom would capture the essence of our heart and fueled with focus of our minds, we would see His Kingdom come in our hearts. Then the overflow of that new condition would pour into our marriages, our kids, our businesses, our church, our nation and then our world.
Transformation begins in ourselves when we learn to hold our thoughts captive and eat from the table of the Lord instead of the table of this world. I have a mentor that does not set financial goals based on how much he can earn but how much he can give. His focus is not on him but on others benefiting from his hard work. Today God has entrusted him with a rather large income and every year he has met his giving goals. I have another mentor that is focused on loving his wife boldly. Today his marriage romance is as strong as many newly weds you might meet.
So my question today is what are you setting your mind on? What do you allow to hold your thoughts? Go be vital!
Recklessly, obsessively following Jesus