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How Your Thoughts Determine What You See

Kyle WinklerBy Kyle Winkler
Author & Bible Teacher

In Proverbs 4:23 (CEV), the Bible instructs: “Carefully guard your thoughts because they are the source of true life.” 

I think we all know, to some extent, how influential our thoughts are on our lives.

But did you know your thoughts are also influential in what you actually SEE with your eyes?

I detail all the science behind this as part of my Mastering Your Mind series, but here’s the short of it. It’s fascinating.

Your eye and your brain are connected an optic nerve, which carries impulses back and forth. But while you might assume the eye sends more impulses to the brain to tell it what it sees. It’s actually the brain that sends many more impulses to the eye to tell it what TO see.

This is why two people can look at the same thing and come to completely different conclusions. This is why the glass is half full to some, but half empty to others.

And this is why it’s crucial to guard your thoughts. Because if you let negativity, fear, doom and gloom in, that’s how you’ll actually see everything, which will certainly affect your life.

This is all the more reason to follow what the apostle Paul insists: “Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise” (Phil. 4:8, NLT).

Here are some great thoughts to think on today:

  • God is good.
  • God loves me.
  • God wants the best for me.
  • God will never leave me.
  • God has great plans for me.

Set your mind on those kinds of truths, and you’ll physically begin to see things as hopeful instead of hopeless, promising instead of problematic, positive instead of negative. It’s all just more evidence that changing your thoughts changes your life. 

Mastering Your Mind SeriesAnd if you’d like help doing this. Check out my 4-part Mastering Your Mind series.