As I was preparing this devotional today, I learned that for years I have been misquoting a scripture, as I believe have many others. Scripture in question (as I have misquoted it):
“As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.”
Earlier today I was listening to my favorite talk show host, Dennis Prager, but because he is not carried on a local radio station, I must listen over the internet, and our service today is sketchy. Given the intermittent reception, I didn’t hear all of the program, but what I heard was very interesting and resonated to a great degree with my recent thinking on the subject. In fact, a couple of days ago when I posted about my sister-in-law Mildred I was striking in the same direction.
Mr. Prager’s guest was Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar, a professor at Harvard, who teaches there a popular class on Happiness, and who has written a book entitled Happier. His main conclusion is that it is not external circumstances that determine a person’s level of happiness, but rather, it is their frame of mind. He then spoke a short list of what determines one’s happiness.
1. How the person thinks
2. How the person talks
3. How the person acts
When I heard this program, my mind immediately went to the scripture I have been misquoting, and when I checked its reference I found it to read:
“For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he…” Proverbs 23:7
Check it out and you will find the scripture actually refers to a person who is acting in an evil way. Thus, if we think evil, we will become evil, if we think trouble, we will become troubled; but conversely, if we think good, we will become good, and if we think happiness, we will become happy. This definitely is a principle founded in the Word of God, corroborated by psychological studies, and by simple observation of the people around us. We’ve all seen it.
Hey, for today let’s talk happy. Let’s act happy. Chances are we will be happy.