A 2020 study of 184 participants found that we have an average of 6,000 thoughts per day. Other studies take this number to 60,000 or 70,000.
Another study found that 80 percent of our daily thoughts are negative. Our minds tend to run to the worst case scenario. We are consumed with thoughts about all that can go wrong with our job, marriage, finances, and health.
There are two problems with negative thinking.
- Negative thinking causes stress and stress is deadly.
- What we think today, we do tomorrow, and we become the day after that.
Craig Groeschel said it well: “Your life is going in the direction of your mind.”
So what’s the solution? For that, we turn to Scripture. Paul gives us four simple words: “Take every thought captive” (2 Corinthians 10:5).
Recovery Step: Decide today to fix your thoughts on the things of God. Think positive thoughts today, and you will do positive things tomorrow.