No matter who you are, or where you come from, you will have a unique way of thinking and processing thought. I don’t have all the answers as to how that works, or how much God intended to give each of us unique ways of viewing life, but in my experience, it has been influential in how we live our lives. From the moment we’re born; we learn and experience all kinds of sensations around us, we learn how to talk, we learn how to relate to each other, we go through life experiences, and so much more takes place to bring our mind and thought process to where it is today.
I believe that one of the most valuable things we can do in life is appreciate our thought process, with how its growing, and there are so many ways to do this. However, until we examine ourselves realistically, we won’t be able to appreciate our thinking as we should. How do we do this? I believe we must take time, and be intentional about who we are personally, so that we aren’t afraid of what we see about ourselves. We also must resist the temptation to magnify what we love about ourselves, and ignore what we don’t, or else we won’t get a realistic picture of who we are and where we are in this process.
Our thought process is the way concepts and ideas are formed, come together in our minds, and how it relates to our lives overall. Thinking touches on so many fields of study, so our thought process touches on our level of imagination, emotional makeup, interests and desires, our predispositions, our personalities, etc. The influence of such an all-encompassing and deep mechanism in our lives is why our appreciation of our thought process is so important to gain. Our level of appreciation impacts our ability of stewardship, and if you steward your thinking, it’ll impact your way of life.
Take note of your way of life as you know it; the humdrum of your days as they roll by, the range of highs and lows you experience throughout the day, the circumstances you encounter and respond to, and realize that what is ordinary happenings in your life all contribute to the changes that are happening in your way of thinking. Think about the conversations that seemed regular at the time, how it opened you up to something you wouldn’t have considered before. Or what about the environment you’re living in, and what it did to steer you to a certain place. As you recognize the change that happens in the ordinary, you grow more in your ability to see the change that’s happening in you.
God has designed you to be who you are with the personality that you have, some of the quirks you develop, the attention to detail you gain, the specific way you learn concepts and ideas so that you can display His image through your life. Appreciate the progression that is happening before your very eyes and celebrate God as He actively moves on your behalf to form the image of Christ within you, and causes you to think with the mindset that reflects Him and makes Him the center.
Many thanks to Lamar for providing this guest blog post. Details of his social platforms including his podcast are below.