[Column] Your Thinking Really Matters


Your Thinking Really Matters

Written By Rev.Dr. Joshua Hong

Senior Pastor of Full Gospel Church of Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.


  Somebody conducted an experiment.  He secretly removed caffeine from coffee and served it to ten people who had difficulty falling asleep after drinking coffee.  But the results showed that even upon drinking decaffeinated coffee, the subjects still could not sleep.  He then placed caffeine into milk and served it to them. This time, they fell asleep soundly. Why did this happen? The problem was mind over matter.  They could not sleep because their negative thinking had conditioned them to believe that drinking coffee would not keep them alert. It was their negative thinking, not caffeine, that kept them from sleeping. Though they later drank caffeine, they were still able to get good sleep because they believed they were drinking milk. 

  This experiment shows the power of our thinking. Thinking has an influence on human body, health, and physical activity. The medical Hospital in Maryland University conducted a study on elders over the age of sixty-five for ten years.  The study showed that those who maintained happiness, even though they were ill, lived longer by more than five years than those who were healthy but were unhappy. Whenever we watch movies, read books or newspaper articles, we imagine something. Our body will react accordingly to this image. Whenever we imagine something that is light and humorous, our body will feel light and energized. Thinking about scary scenes from a horror movie on the other hand, will cause our heart rate to rise. Similarly, imagining a romantic scene will stir excitement within us. 

  The Bible says: "above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life” (Proverb 4:23). Our way of thinking in our heart is the foundation(spring) of life. However, it is wrong to assume that thinking positively alone will solve our problems and change us. Such positive thinking may be fourth-dimensional, but it is nevertheless still human thinking. Powerful fourth-dimensional thinking has its foundation in the Word and prayer. So our way of thinking should be trained to be in line with the will (Word) of God. When we try to read and meditate on the Word of God, our faith and thinking will grow and change, and our mind and spirit will be renewed so that we will be transformed. Thinking cannot be seen through physical eyes, but it is an important element of the fourth-dimension that determines all aspects of our life in this three-dimensional world (which consists of time, space, and substances). Learn to change your thinking in accordance with the Word of God, and your life will be renewed for success.

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