A persistent train of thought, persisted in, be it good or bad, cannot fail to produce its results on the character and circumstances. (James Allen, 19th-20th century British writer)

Older translations of the Bible include “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he” (Proverbs 23:7). Allen’s explanation of that idea makes it clear. The more you think about something, the more likely it will become an ingrained reality. He says further, “A man cannot directly choose his circumstances, but he can choose his thoughts, and so indirectly . . ., shape his circumstances.”

Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. (Philippians 4:8)