I’ve always been a big fan of quotes, one of my favorites, that I’ve seen pop up many times over the last decade in slight variation says this:
“Watch your thoughts, they become words;
watch your words, they become actions;
watch your actions, they become habits;
watch your habits, they become character;
watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.”
One of the major ideas we find taught throughout the personal development industry, especially by those teaching success and achievement is this idea that we can control everything in our lives by simply controlling our own thoughts and our words. After all, “life and death is in the power of the tongue,” right? (Proverbs 18:21)
Well, I’ve found this is less about imposing our self-control and our will over our thought life and the things we say, and much more about “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5).
I think reaching our destiny in God is much more about us surrendering to Him, and choosing to believe what He says about us, than what we say to ourselves and what we hear others say about us. We must have extreme faith in Him, His plans for our lives and trust that we are made perfectly for the purpose for which we were created.
Isaiah 45:9-10 says:
“What sorrow awaits those who argue with their Creator.
Does a clay pot argue with its maker?
Does the clay dispute with the one who shapes it, saying,
‘Stop, you’re doing it wrong!’
Does the pot exclaim,
‘How clumsy can you be?’
How terrible it would be if a newborn baby said to its father,
‘Why was I born?’
or if it said to its mother,
‘Why did you make me this way?’”
How many of us do this exact thing all the time when we talk to ourself? We question and argue with God by not loving His amazing creation; US! We focus on what we see as our “flaws” and “imperfections” yet the Bible tells us that we are “fearfully and wonderfully made.” Scripture says that God “shaped us in the womb” and that He has even “numbered all the hairs on our head.” God has made us perfectly, and we are perfectly equipped for the tasks and plans He has destined for us.
Let us vow to never argue with our Creator and let us not mock and criticize His creation (ourselves) by constantly focusing on the aspects of our persona that we find less than desirable. Even though we might not find what looks back at us in the mirror as perfection, and the world will constantly reinforce that belief if you allow it, we must put our hope in the Lord, and stand on what He says about us above all else.
YOU are a magnificent and glorious creation! And God has great plans for YOU!
Also keep in mind that “great plans” in God’s sight might not be the same as the worldly success we currently think we must possess to be happy or fulfilled. To keep things in perspective ask yourself this: If I live my whole life, and when I am 75-years-old, I lead my first person to the Lord, was my life worth it? Did it have a purpose? Was it a benefit to God’s kingdom?
If you lived your temporary life on earth to save one person for all of eternity, to me that answer is a resounding: YES!