If you were asked to pour yourself a glass of water, what kind of water will you pour? Clean water or dirty water? Our minds are like glasses. What is poured into it affects how we go about life.
Our Thoughts Are Influenced by the World Around Us
The world is filled with negative influences. We are exposed to suggestive material in plays, advertising, music, movies, magazines and television. Crime, violence, perversion, profanity, pornography and sensual music are portrayed as acceptable and even desirable. Unclean thoughts come more easily if our minds are not prepared to resist them.
Our Thoughts Influence Our Actions
An idea can be powerful. First comes a thought, then an act. The act begins in the mind. We do what we think of doing. Whether we plan to do good or evil, the plan and the act begin in the mind. Clean thoughts, high ideals, thinking of love in the true sense, temperance, helpfulness, cheerfulness, all are principles that will contribute to development of character. Thoughts are the tools with which we shape our character, just as truly as a great sculptor with chisel and mallet chips on rough marble until it’s shaped into a splendid and perfect work of art. Just so every thought is shaping our character. Therefore the result is, in all our thoughts, the creation of character.
Things to Control Our Thoughts
We have the power within ourselves to control our thoughts. We can choose not to let bad thoughts stay in our minds. Our minds have the ability to absorb wisdom and knowledge as readily as they absorb things that are evil and negative. The mind is like stage -- the curtain is always up except when we are asleep. There is always some act being performed on that stage. Have you noticed that without any real intent on your part, a shady little thought may creep in from the wings and attract your attention? If you permit them to go on, all thoughts of any virtue will leave the stage. They may enact a theme of bitterness, jealousy or hatred. If you can control your thoughts, you can overcome habits -- even degrading personal habits.
Our thoughts influence our actions. It is important that we keep our minds clean and pure. Even though evil influences are all around us, we can control our thoughts and direct them in the right way. We must try to avoid things that encourage unclean thoughts. We need to wisely choose our friends, television and video programs, movies, books and magazines. We are motivated by good thoughts. There is no limit to the success we may achieve in this life and the world hereafter.
Thoughts are like water. They run continuously and, if not directed, will wander through paths of least resistance into low places.