Based on popular demand, I will be taking you very briefly on checking your table. Remember, I said your *contemplation habits* shape your mindset. Your heart is the faculty where contemplation habits are practiced. Everything about the way you think, what you feel, and what you do flows from there. Proverbs 4:23 says “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” Whether it be success or failure, goodness or evil, healthiness or malady, they gush out from the bedrock of your heart into the world around you.
In recent times there have been talks about something called the Law of Attraction. I do not subscribe to this law totally, I have my misgivings, but it will serve in illuminating the principles for the subject matter. The Law of Attraction is based on the belief that thoughts are a form of energy. Thus, positive thoughts bring positive results into a person’s life, while negative thoughts bring negative outcomes. In other words, by your thoughts, you subconsciously send signals into your environment and reap their dividends. Here is a Biblical illustration: A man called Job became a victim of his negative thoughts. Job had a secret; even though he was religious, favoured, affluent and blessed by God, no one knew that in his heart he had a nagging fear—that he may lose his children. On the day calamity struck he said “What I feared has come upon me; what I dreaded has happened to me” (Job 3:25). The good news is that God does not allow laws control Him. His mercy is greater than any law. (Just in case you have been negative, and have suffered as a result, God will show you mercy in Jesus Name!) I do not think the forlorn Job would have thought of double restoration after his loss, but God gave him ten more children and twice the number of livestock he lost.
Lao Tzu, an ancient Chinese philosopher, once said: “Watch your thoughts, they become your words; watch your words, they become your actions; watch your actions, they become your habits; watch your habits, they become your character; watch your character, it becomes your destiny.” I cannot over emphasise the role your thoughts play in your life.
So, let us look at your TABLE: How do *you* think? What has conditioned your mind in such a way? Does your table need to be fortified, renovated or demolished? If you have a positive and growth mindset, all you need is to fortify your table. Strengthen it, and never let anything weaken it. If you are in between, then a little renovation needs be done. You cannot succeed as a double minded person. (James 1:8 says, “A double minded man is unstable in all his ways”). However, if you have zero confidence and you feel worthless or useless then the plank and those legs need to be cut down and burnt with fire!
Here are a few questions for you: How do you feel about yourself? Do you love and appreciate yourself? Or you despise and hate yourself? Do you self-motivate or do you self-sabotage? Do you feel confident or inadequate? Do you suffer from complexes? Depending on what your answer is; why? What or who informed those thoughts and feelings? Think about it. We continue from here…
Becoming great begins in your mind!