The Importance of Our Thoughts

Our minds are amazing machines which constantly process countless things—many of which are done subconsciously. But something our minds like to do too much of is to create thoughts. If you’re like me, your mind is constantly informing, reminding, and even pestering you with endless thoughts. This is what creates that irrational type of anxiety—the kind that has no practical reason of being there. So I’ll ask this: are our everyday thoughts important?

Here is the thing: It’s just the noise your brain makes. The source of a lot of suffering comes from following that noise. We may even identify the noise as who we are at our core and let those thoughts steer us emotionally through our daily lives. Our minds pump out thoughts constantly—that’s just what they do—and they don’t have much to say that is actually going to help you. We don’t need to always be paying attention to that noise.

So if you’ve been stuck trying to keep up with and deal with an overactive mind, know that you don’t have to pay so much attention to your mind. Know that the noise your mind makes is not you. A lot of which it may say turn out to be lies we choose to believe. You are beautiful. You are smart. You are confident. You are not what your mind tells you to be. Your mind is just one part of your body which influences you. We each have dreams, aspirations, and passions which come from something deeper…something behind the endless noise of thoughts. Your inner drives which produce love, patience, courage, kindness, honor, integrity, and respect are really what are at the heart of who you are.

“The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile.” 1 Corinthians 3:20. Futile is defined as “incapable of producing any useful result.” Regardless if the Bible holds any credibility to what you believe, everyday thoughts—even in the best of us—are of little importance. So why let yourself get caught up in them?