A Penny For Your Thoughts


That’s A Lot!

Did you know… on average, a person has 60,000 conscious thoughts per day?  So if someone actually paid you what the old adage of “a penny for your thoughts” says, they would owe you $600 per day!  (Don’t get mad at me if that’s not what your boss or company or parents are paying you each day.)

High-Value Thinking

I’m just trying to point out that our thoughts have value.  And since they have value, we should probably value them ourselves.  It probably wouldn’t hurt us to guard our minds and keep a tight watch on those 60,000 conscious thoughts each day.  We have a veritable Fort Knox of thoughts within us each day.

Protect The Environment

So, how do we secure our thoughts?  I mean, we can’t really control some of the thoughts that come into our minds.  We are bombarded by so much input every moment that some of it is difficult to block out.

While this is true, we can control some of the environments in which we put ourselves that generate those thoughts coming at us.  We can control what we read, listen to, and watch.  Doing that will go a long way toward guarding those precious little thoughts.

Johnny Mercer Was Right

Another way we can guard our thoughts is to do exactly what Johnny Mercer said in the lyrics of his 1944 hit song…

You’ve got to accentuate the positive

Eliminate the negative

Latch on to the affirmative

Don’t mess with Mr. In-Between

One of the best things we can do to guard our thoughts is to spend a lot more of our thinking on positive, uplifting, encouraging thoughts, and get rid of those discouraging, downer, negative thoughts.  This might mean doing something like skipping social media a little more or turning off the news more often, and instead putting on some worship music or reading some encouraging biography of an inspiring person.

Renew Your Mind

In the end, we can’t do this on our own.  We need help.  And we need help from the most Creative Being in the universe… God!  Hebrews 12:2 says we should let God transform us into new people by changing the way we think.  If we truly want to guard and utilize those 60,000 conscious thoughts we have each day, then we need to invite God into the process.

60,000 conscious thoughts per day.  If someone offered to give you $60,000 per day, you would definitely invest it wisely, protect it seriously and use it diligently.  And the truth is that those thoughts you think all throughout your waking day are just as valuable… probably even more valuable.  What a gift!  Thoughts.

300 Seconds

Why don’t you take 300 seconds right now (that’s 5 minutes… so you can put your phone’s calculator app away) and give 300 thoughts to something positive?  Why don’t you listen to something uplifting?  Why don’t you read something else encouraging?  (See what I did  there?)  And then why don’t you use some of those 300 thoughts— or dare I suggest more— to begin a conversation with the Lord about Him transforming you into all you can be as He helps direct your thoughts?

The clock is ticking…


Author: Allen Chapin

- Christian, husband, dad, friend, leader, author and speaker - Life Purpose = Love & Encourage, Offering Grace & Hope - Life Motto = Living for the applause of nail-scarred hands - Life Verse = Matthew 25:21

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