“Good thought and actions can never produce bad results; bad
thoughts and actions can never produce good results. This is
but saying that nothing can come from corn but corn, nothing
from nettles but nettles.” – As A Man Thinketh
Most everyone understands the biblical concept of sowing and
reaping because we can grasp the simplicity of the logic. If
we were to plant corn in our backyard garden we wouldn’t
expect spinach to come up.
But even though we can grasp the logic, we don’t always act
as if we understand the power of this principle. And we
certainly don’t act as if this principle will affect us.
An example: For many years my morning ritual began with a
thorough reading of the newspaper, most days spending an
hour or more before dashing off to the office. I did not
know then that our minds are most impressionable immediately
upon rising in the morning and just before sleep in the
Fresh from the reading (and thoughts) of the day’s murders,
indictments, invasions by foreign dictators, and all other
manner of “news”, it shouldn’t have come as a surprise to me
that my sowing of these thoughts would reap an “attitude”
toward the rush hour drivers who were “conspiring” to slow
down my arrival at work. Thus, by the time I did arrive, I
had set the tone for my day, and it was not a positive one.
I gave up my morning ritual ten years ago and replaced it
with a ritual of reading and meditating on some works that
will sow “good thoughts” and thus reap “good results.”
I wasn’t aware at the time that this was some sound advice
offered up by the Apostle Paul, who wrote, “Fix your
thoughts on what is true and good and right. Think about
things that are pure and lovely, and dwell on the fine, good
things in others. Think about all you can praise God for and
be glad about.”
We always reap what we sow and that is especially true with
our thoughts. As Emmet Fox writes, “The secret of life then
is to control your mental states, for if you will do this
the rest will follow.
To accept sickness, trouble, and failure as unavoidable, and
perhaps inevitable, is folly, because it is this very
acceptance by you that keeps these evils in existence.
Man is not limited by his environment. He creates his
environments by his beliefs and feelings. To suppose
otherwise is like thinking that the tail can wag the dog.”
And that’s worth thinking about.