Your on the freeway heading to work. It’s rush hour traffic and by now, you’ve become accustomed to the fact that it’s busy, it’s slow, it’s frustrating and you know what lane you need to be in to get off at your exit. Being on time is very important to you and you know the routine; up at 4:30, hit the gym by 5:00, showered and cleaned up by 6:30, breakfast on the run, hit the parking lot at 7:45, and in our hot seat at work by 8:00 ready to take on the world. Today, someone who isn’t a planner, isn’t great at planning out their day and isn’t great at getting to work on time, realizes they aren’t going to make it on time if they don’t hurry up. That guy realizes at the last second that they need to cut into your lane to get to the exit on your right and they go for it. This is the moment of truth. What will you do?
The event of someone cutting you off in traffic is neither positive or negative. Most would argue that it is negative, but it’s really neutral. What is positive or negative are your thoughts. The bible says that as a man thinks in his heart, so is he and out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. An event triggers thoughts in your head. Sometimes those thoughts can come so fast that the person doesn’t even realize that they had them prior to reacting. The University of Pensilvania has done some amazing studies on what they call resiliency. In their studies, they discovered a cycle that occurs when we have reactions to events. They even have been able to determine what someone’s thought theme was based on their reaction to the activating event. Let me give you an example. I am a person who says sorry a lot. We could walk up to the same door at the same time and rather than say excuse me and barge my way in, I am likely to say “sorry” and let you go in first. I have been doing this nearly all my life and didn’t understand why. When I learned about this process of determining what my thought themes were I discovered that I had a dominant thought theme of “Trespass.” The base of the Trespass thought theme is that “I have harmed you or caused you harm.” University of Pensilvania discovered what the bible has been saying for thousands of years and did the research to prove it true.
What you spend your time thinking about will be revealed in your emotions and reactions. It is very hard for us to see our own blindsides if we are able to see them at all. If you are having trouble in your external environment, in your relationships, in your community, or in your workplace, consider thinking about what your thinking about. Consider picking up a bible and reading God’s word to learn how he thinks and to renew your mind so that you can think better thoughts. As you renew your mind, I know you will renew your life. God’s word works where the reader applies it.
Let me know if this helps you or if you have any questions.