How I Think Is Who I Am
“For as a man thinks in his heart, so is he.” – Proverbs 23:7
Everyone; people of every intellect, every economic status, every race, every age, and every language have something in common: they think. As the French philosopher Descartes famously said, “I think, therefore I am.” The Bible is saying here: how you think is who you are.
Your thinking can be called simply your “world view.” How you see the world and how you see your life is your own “world and life view!” Everyone has one no matter how coherent, contradictory, or inconsistent yours is or is not. But very possibly on the spur of the moment you may be hard-pressed to verbally answer the question: “What is your world and life view?”
It is a question you must ask yourself continually and keep answering as you perfect what you really think. Why? Because you are in the process of continually defining who you are before your world and, most importantly, before God. Most assuredly, He knows who you are, but you are always professing Him before men one way or the other whether or not you think you are. You can receive all the assistance you seek or need to build your answer to this question, but the wise man would certainly consult his Bible.
Perfecting your answer is right in line with your pursuit of God. You cannot answer this question adequately without considering who made you and who made your world. Unless, of course, your answer is “I do not believe in God.” Such merely professes your godlessness.
But if your world view has God in it, you need to know what you think about God, and whether your thinking about God is true. If indeed He made you, then you need to know God to know yourself. Ignorance of God will assure ignorance of who you are. Knowing God opens a grand vista into who you are.
We all have a world and life view. Work to make yours in tune with Scripture. You need to see yourself in the light of your Creator and what His image in you truly is. There is nothing you could do more spiritually rewarding for yourself than continuing to perfect your world and life view.
“Father, I know that all my life is portioned out for me; the changes that are sure to come, I do not fear to see: I ask thee for a present mind, intent on pleasing thee.
In service which thy will appoints there are no bonds for me; my secret heart is taught the truth that makes thy children free; a life of self renouncing love is one of liberty.”
(Verses 1 and 4 of Anna Waring‘s hymn, “Father, I Know That All My Life,” 1850)
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