Mindsets In Focus: Active Mindsets


In my recent IGNITE Workshops, I’ve begun to start the day with a smile and a gently asked question:

“Why did you come today? And what do you expect to leave with?”

I allow time for them to ponder and write their thoughts. I assure everyone that they won’t have to share — this is just for them. Some people begin writing right away, but many look puzzled and take a long time to jot even a few words.

After a while, I tell them why I asked:

“Now you are equipped to never passively enter another gathering. Actively think about why you are there. Ask what God is thinking and come with expectancy to leave with the riches of what He is thinking for you about today.”

Passivity in its purest definition is the absence of engagement. God’s nature is the opposite. He is fully conscious of us always, fully connected, fully present. His “precious and glorious” thoughts towards us outnumber the sands of the sea! (Psalm 139:17-18)

Many, O Lord my God, are the wonderful works which You have done, and Your thoughts toward us; no one can compare with You! If I should declare and speak of them, they are too many to be numbered. Psalm 40:5

God is very active in His thinking. His abundant thoughts are wonderful, precious and heavy with glorious goodness about us.

What an inspiration to tune into those! And if religion has taught you to expect reprimands when you connect with the thoughts of God — think again!

Ask yourself, “What am I thinking?” And from Graham’s classic quote at the Overcoming Life 1, “Who is sponsoring that thought?” Is if full of these wonderful and precious thoughts? Or is this thought filled with shame, fear or distress? That will tell you whose thinking you’re thinking about!

If we discover that our adversary has been sponsoring our thinking, then maybe it’s time to be active and “have another thought.”

Apparently, there are myriads of God’s good thoughts to choose from.

–Allison Bown


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