Thinking Above the Fray

The battle to live life above the fray is ultimately won or lost on the power of thought. Thinking well is an important and powerful tool. The way we think about ourselves, our circumstances, and others determines how we will choose to live our lives.

In short, if your thoughts stink, your life will probably stink also. Not eloquent wisdom, but wisdom nonetheless.

Nearly eight years ago, I first read As a Man Thinketh, a slim little volume published in 1903. It was written by James Allen, a British philosopher who wrote a number of books that might be described in today’s terms as “self-help”. In his body of work, he focused on issues of the heart and mind. As a Man Thinketh still resonates over 100 years later. He writes:

“Whatever your present environment may be, you will fall, remain, or rise with your thoughts, your Vision, your Ideal.”

This phrase from Allen’s work captures the heart of this week’s ideas about thinking above the fray. Our thoughts are key because regardless of our situation, they are one thing we have absolute mastery over. We must choose thoughts that focus on God and His power, instead of handing over power to our circumstances and feelings.

The Discipline of Thinking Well

Learning to think in a way that allows us to rise above the challenges and busyness of life is an intentional practice. In truth, I am still working on it because I don’t always get it right. It doesn’t just happen. Instead, it is cultivated over time with prayer and practice.

The following scriptures provide wisdom and encouragement to help cultivate the practice of thinking well. I recommend writing these down in a journal or on index cards. Post them around your home or workspace. Meditate on them. Speak and pray them aloud, asking God to strengthen you.

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. -Romans 12:2

Turn my eyes from worthless things,
    and give me life through your word. -Psalm 119:37

See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ. -Colossians 2:8 

Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. -Colossians 3:1-3

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. -Philippians 4:8

Our victory begins in the mind. We must keep our minds on Jesus and believe that He is with us in any situation. Be blessed this week. I pray that your thoughts would be anchored in the Lord’s truth as you seek a life that rises above the fray.

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Hi! I’m Tracy…Christ-follower, wife, mama, writer, blogger, speaker, teacher, dreamer. I love Earl Grey Tea and quiet mornings. Here at Earl Grey and Yellow, the focus is striving to be faithful and appreciate the small things. So glad you stopped by. Please have a look around and subscribe to our newsletter and social media to stay connected.

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