Have you ever heard the expression “here is some food for thought” before someone gave you something to think about? I have heard that expression many times. For some reason that phrase just popped into my mind so I am thinking about it and I am going to write about it in this blog. LOL! What IS “food for thought” anyway? Is there a special food that we should “feed” our thoughts? As I think about that thought, I think it is correct to answer that question with a resounding “YES!”
What we think about is VERY important because the Bible says that “as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he” (Proverbs 23:7 KJV). WOW! I have heard the statement “you are what you eat” but in addition to that, we are what we think! So, let’s get back to the statement “food for thought” and explore what food and thoughts have to do with each other. Just as the phrase popped into my mind, thoughts pop into our heads on a daily basis. We can feed certain things into our brains that cause thoughts to linger and sometimes even overtake us. If the thoughts come from a steady diet of good things, they can be very helpful to us and give us creative ideas, bring peace and solutions to problems. If we feed our minds with bad food, thoughts can lead to worry, confusion, depression, etc. Have you ever heard the statement “garbage in, garbage out”? We feed our thoughts by what we allow to go into our minds. If we listen to and watch things that are not good and healthy for our minds, they will be open to an onslaught of negative and unhealthy thoughts. Then our thoughts can produce actions that are also negative and destructive. If we feed our minds with positive, fruitful and healthy things, our thoughts will line up with those things. King David in the Bible said that he hid God’s Word in his heart so that he would not sin against God. He talked a great deal in the Psalms about meditating on the Word of God. What does it mean to meditate? It means to dwell on or contemplate in thought. Psalm 1:1-3 says:
1Blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful.
2But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law does he meditate day and night.
3And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.
I have some questions for ALL of us to consider. WHAT are we meditating about on a daily basis? Do we dwell on positive things or negative things? Do we continue to entertain thoughts that will not produce good and positive fruit in our lives? What are we listening to or watching?
Just some food for thought!