We can choose what we think about, but very few do. Most think about what their brain chooses to think about, usually prompted by something we see or hear. It is almost like our brain has a will of it’s own, doing what it wants.
The problem with this out of control thinking is that what we think about determines our attitude, our emotions, our behavior, and our faith. Consciously choosing what we think about is called “mind set” in the Bible.
Philippians 3:19 “whose end is destruction, whose god is their appetite, and whose glory is in their shame, who set their minds on earthly things.”
Romans 8:5-7 “For those who walk according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh. . . For the mind set on the flesh is death. . . the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God.”
The Bible tells us in Colossians 3:2 to set our minds on heaven, “Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.” I have memorized Philippians 3:20-21 well and choose to meditate on it all through the day, “For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself.”
Whenever I start to think anxious thoughts because of events I choose as an act of my will to quote Philippians 3:20-21 in my mind, visualizing what that day is going to be like, the day I enter heaven and get my new glorified body.
Whenever I start to think angry thoughts because of events around me I consciously choose to quote Philippians 3:20-21 in my mind, marveling over that gift that is mine.
Whenever I find myself getting frustrated because of the events happening around me, yep you got it, I choose to think about Philippians 3:20-21.
Choosing to set our mind on Bible verses that we have memorized well is amazingly powerful in controlling our emotions and attitude.