What You Think, You Are

Can changing our thinking really change anything at all?

Quite possibly as stewardship leaders and learners we’re really in the “changing-what-you-think-about” business. After all, someone once said, “You are not what you think you are but what you think, you are.” Of course there are innumerable psychobabble self-help books that espouse changing one’s thinking to improve self-worth, self-control, self-love, etc.  However these courses often miss the mark by not acknowledging God’s influence since they are all about self!

Further, some might say that a person’s thoughts are their own business but that’s not really true. Every action is preceded by a thought. So sooner or later our thoughts become actions and thus the business of everyone around us. Scripture speaks to that in Luke 6:45 where it states that the good and the evil person brings good or evil things out of the overflow of their heart. In other words, what’s in our heart (what we’ve thought about and reflected on) determines what we do. So if we want to do good and right things, it would be wise to follow Paul’s advice in Philippians 4:8 and think on “things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable and excellent or praise-worthy.”

Tying it all back to stewardship, I suggest that we are attempting to change how people think about the four things they can do with money, with God firmly in the picture, and to shift the focus away from self to others:

  1. Giving – from thinking selfishly to a mindset of outlandish generosity to God’s work in the world and to those less fortunate.
  2. Saving – from thinking only of spending everything now or of hoarding excess in bigger barns to a mindset of saving wisely for emergency and long term needs.
  3. Debt – from thinking of immediate gratification to a mindset of delaying purchases until funds have been accumulated so debt can be avoided.
  4. Spending – from thinking that is influenced by advertising and what others have to a mindset that asks questions like, “Do I need this?” “Is this the best price for quality received?” “Does this purchase potentially interfere with my relationship to God?”

May your stewardship leading and learning be successful in transforming the thinking of many others to be good and faithful stewards of that with which God has entrusted them. Also, I trust our newest resource providing high quality estate planning at ministry pricing, through our stewardship champion Estate Planning Ministry, will serve you and yours well.  It is currently available in Illinois with more states to follow. Check it out here: https://goodsensemovement.org/stewardship-champions-epm/

Sid Yeomans
Good $ense Movement
Transforming Finances!  Transforming Lives!