United Methodist Campus Ministry in Tucson, Arizona

We Are What We Think

Happiness

We’ve often heard it said that we are what we eat, from doctors, health gurus, and even commercials. Have you ever stopped to think that you are what you think?

Gandhi said that our thoughts become our words, our words become our actions, our actions become our habits, our habits become our character, and our character becomes our destiny. Over the years, I have come to not only observe but experience the truth of this assertion.

Some researches claim that we have between 50,000 and 70,000 thoughts per day. That’s a lot of thoughts and they can either lead us to positive transformation and outcomes or negative. Just think for a moment how a day in your life goes when you focus on negative versus positive things. In that moment, the day seems off and happiness elusive. Perhaps that’s why the Apostle Paul ended his Letter to the Philippians with the following exhortations: “Don’t worry about anything…,” focus on “whatever is true, honorable, just, pure, pleasing, commendable, and praiseworthy.” It’s hard to have a negative attitude that results in negative actions if you CHOOSE to think about such things.

Rather, thoughts like these inspire us to do be better versions of ourselves—the selves that God created us to be. And that in turn inspires us toward greatness and possibly world-changing actions. We all would do well to consider this the next time a negative thought enters our mind. After all, our thoughts have much to do with the kind of reality we experience. Prince Ai said, “I refuse to accept to the reality I have been given. I much rather create my own.” We all have the power to do that with our thoughts.

Love & Light,

Rev. Felicia