Create a New Habit of Thinking

posted Mar 6, 2019, 5:58 AM by Rita Shipman   [ updated Jan 16, 2020, 2:14 PM ]

“Please...Come Walk with Me”  says the LORD.

"He sat down, called the twelve disciples over to him, and said, “Whoever wants to be first must take last place and be the servant of everyone else.”

(Mark 9:35)

(Me:) As I read the Bible on how the disciples were arguing amongst themselves, trying to determine who was the most important, (as if they could decide who was going to be first, next to Jesus). I am thinking - I want to be first, however, in scripture I am learning that I must be willing to be last, to serve in the way God designed me to serve. I do want to serve! However...

I like being on stage. It is not to be in the spotlight, but to have the opportunity to share ideas, thoughts, and truths from God’s word. It is exciting, to me, to watch a person's face change, as they grasp a new idea, a different way of thinking, then as they become determined to create a new habit of thinking, as the light bulb goes on with an “aha!”  

It is having the opportunity to help another person create a new habit of thinking, to adapt to their adoption, through the exploration of God’s ways and truths, that is exciting to me. So, I am here to serve!

What is "Habit of Thinking"?

Sometimes we get into such a rut in our thinking. It keeps us going back and forth in the same path, until we dig ourselves a ditch. This habit of thinking is something that we do without realizing we are doing it. The thinking is built off old beliefs, things from our environment, past experiences, and beliefs of others ingrained into our thinking. It is not something that we do consciously, we do it without realizing that we do it.

Then a new idea comes along, and suddenly, we realize how our old thinking has trapped us, and old behaviors keep us trapped.

Dr. Henry Cloud asks the question:  “Do You think about Your thinking?”

Thinking is the genesis of your performance. Your thinking determines how you view yourself, your team and your potential for success. It drives your behavior, both offensively and defensively; determining how you attack projects and make decisions, as well as how you internalize the voices that challenge or threaten your success.

Your thinking is your software, it's at the root of everything you do.

So, I will ask you again... Do you think about your thinking?

If the answer is no, you've got a huge problem. Without taking time for metacognition, (thinking about your thinking) you are building trenches for your thoughts. These trenches are routes your brain often takes, they're generally easy and/or familiar, but they aren't always the best way forward. They are simply ways your brain can move forward more quickly. It's very likely you aren't even aware of how many 'brain shortcuts' your thinking is currently navigating.

Stop the pattern. Start to examine these routes, challenge them and begin to create new paths forward that best serve your ideas 
your projects and your life!

Leadership University, 2/19/2019
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The Holy Spirit Guides

To Become New This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!

And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. (2 Corinthians 5:17-18)

Jesus wants us to hear new ideas, to hear new ways of thinking, His way. The Holy Spirit guides us with a voice inside, the nudge, that guides us. In that knowledge we hear His words, or we hear the world's words, and we have a choice to make which way do we go do I follow the world or do I follow Jesus. Maybe it is time to adapt to our adoption.

I read in 2 Peter 1:8-9...

"The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful you will be in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.  But those who fail to develop in this way are short sighted or blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their old sins."

(ME) I do not want to be short sighted or blind, I determine that I want to unpack these things, and gain direction in my life. I read, write, and take time to apply God’s ways to my life, to get out of the rut that keeps me repeating the same destructive behaviors.

How to Create New Thinking

Verse 3 (2 Peter 1) tells me that “God has given me everything I need for living a godly life”. Do I believe in God’s word?

Verse 4 – “And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.”

Peter gives us directions on how to be identified as God’s chosen children ( Look at: v. 13-14):

  • Faith

  • Moral excellence

  • Knowledge

  • Self-control

  • Patient endurance

  • Godliness

  • Brotherly affection

  • Love for everyone!

Gift of the Holy Spirit

How do we do all of this? Not on our own power or strength. God gives us the gift of the Holy Spirit to help us. Surrender daily: Invite the Holy Spirit to lead us daily!

“The Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. These is no law against these things.”  (Galatians 5:22-23)

(ME) I must respond to God, becoming willing to take action in building my character. To be productive and useful in the knowledge of Jesus Christ, who guides me by the Holy Spirit. He will help me to develop self-control over the physical temptations of this world, over the emotions that toss me around like the waves of the sea, and the many distractions of this world. His Spirit empowers me!

Dear God,

Move me forward. May my feet follow where you lead me. Open my thoughts for I’ve been stubborn, I confess my behaviors to you Father. I ask for forgiveness. May my ears be open to your voice, and my thinking be open to your ways. Help me to be more like you in all I do. Every day in every way! Amen