We find the answer on how we are supposed to think in Proverbs 21:5: “The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness; but of every one that is hasty only to want.”
“The thoughts” – notice that everything starts with the right thoughts.
“tend only” – This lets us know that our thoughts must be focused and single-minded
“plenteousness” – notice that these are not thoughts of lack or thoughts of what we don’t want.
It is important that you be careful about how you frame your thinking.
For example, setting a goal of “getting out of debt” might sound good on the surface. But, when you dig into it, it really means that your goal is to always have debt so that you can always work at getting out of it. Just about the time you start to get out of debt, you will do something to put yourself right back into debt so that you can continue working on your goal of “getting out of debt”.
Obviously, this isn’t what you want!
A better way to reframe this goal might be, “operate on a cash-only basis and never owe anyone”.
“hasty” – this is the kind of person looking for easy, fast, a shortcut or something for nothing. This is the kind of person who can’t even conceive of “giving” because they are so busy “wanting”. This is the kind of person who wants to do it “their” way instead of God’s way. Ultimately, this kind of person’s life is marked with poverty, lack, and want.
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