You may have noticed that thoughts can grow. They are organic, living things. They start with the seed of an idea planted in the brain before they grow to maturity and bring about some kind of action. Jesus used this metaphor: “The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.”
This is why Paul thought it was so important to have good ideas take root in our brains. He said, “whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” The fact is, our minds are going to be full of something. If it’s not a good something, then it will be an indifferent or bad something, and that will lead to inaction at best or evil behavior at worst.
No, good actions and words come from a mind filled with good things, where good thoughts grow. Meditating on God’s revealed word and in the work of his hands in the blessings of life can help us to cultivate good thoughts.
That’s something to think about.