I’m a firm believer in Proverbs 23:7: “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he” (NKJV). That is, you become whatever you think. This verse underscores the importance of conducting a thought inventory, especially when you’re facing tough circumstances. If we think misery, then we may end up miserable.
I wonder how Job’s circumstances would have differed if he had conducted a thought inventory. In the verses cited above, he plunged deep into the waters of despair. He shifted his focus from God, whom He previously exalted as the master of his fate, to the circumstances that confronted him. As Job’s thoughts sank, so did his circumstances. If he had conducted a thought inventory, he could have escaped this trial a lot sooner than he did.
Instead of dwelling on the negative aspects of our circumstances, we must learn to see the extraordinary in the ordinary. My Pastor once said, “Never lose power to think about things that bring you peace, no matter your circumstance.” The easiest way to do this is to view your circumstances as God has. Remember, if He allowed it, He believes you’ll make it out just fine. So, think like Him. Believe you will make it out. You’re authorized to think like a champion!
… the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world (I John 4:4, NLT)