Healthy Thoughts=a Healthy Life
by Diana Scothorn
I spoke to a client last week who is eighty years of age, and I was commending her on her excellent health. I asked her to share her secret of remaining healthy despite her age and a world pandemic. Without hesitation, she said very matter-of-factly, “That’s easy…I THINK HEALTHY”! I love that! I guess no other explanation was necessary because she ended her answer with that point!
Proverbs 23:7 says, “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.” We have to let our thoughts line up with who we aspire to be. If we desire to be healthy, we not only need to work towards our goal; we need to think healthy thoughts!
If you desire to lose weight…
…don’t think about how out of shape and overweight you are; think about how good you will feel when you accomplish your goal and are the size you want to be.
If you’re divorced and want desperately to be married again, don’t think about pain and betrayal; think about the spouse God is preparing for you and how grateful you will be to have someone who will love you the way you longed to be loved!
My sister died of kidney disease at thirty-five and my brother died in a car wreck at twenty-nine years of age. For years if I drove by a car wreck, fear of death and loss would grip me! I would picture my brother in the car and how my mother felt when she was delivered the news of the tragedy. That thought would spiral to an image of one of my children in the car wreck and how I would handle another tragedy. That began a spiral of anxiety followed by sadness and grief. It was not a healthy exercise.
The Word of God says we are to cast down every evil thought that opposes God’s Word. If we think about something that will lead to a negative spiral, we need to delete the thought before it has time to take root in our hearts! “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:5.)
The moment a negative thought transpires, reject it.
I’ve learned 3 Simple principles that have trained my thought life.
- Reject negative thoughts on the onset.
- Replace the negative thought with the positive declaration of God’s promise for my circumstance.
- Thank God for His Provision.
When I see a car accident now, I pray for the victim in the car. Then I immediately say, In the Name of Jesus, Your Word says angels surround my children and have charge over them. No weapon formed against my family will prosper. We will live a long and prosperous life and fulfill our God-given destiny! Thank you, Jesus; we are a family without tragedy!!!
We must train our thoughts to line up with what we want for our life! Some of my biggest dilemmas have started with a SINGLE THOUGHT! I would begin to think and analyze a problem in my mind. The more I THOUGHT about it, the more it GREW, and the WORSE it became. The devil knows if he can drop a negative thought in our mind, he can eventually cause a negative spiral in our life. Our life will follow the direction of our thoughts!
It’s essential to watch what we say. However, it is even more important to watch what we think! Our thoughts will eventually work their way into our hearts and spill over into our life.
I love what Joyce Meyer says, “if you don’t want to go to Chicago, don’t get on the train to Chicago.”That simply means if we know what we are thinking will cause us to worry, be anxious, fretful, and gloomy; DON’T GO THERE IN OUR THOUGHTS!!! The best way to take control of our life is one thought at a time!
Diana Scothorn has a heart for helping women succeed, with a focus on a strong, spiritual, mental, and physical core. Diana’s background in the health and fitness world began with one of the most iconic names in fitness, Richard Simons. Overseeing ladies’ health clubs for 10 plus years allowed Diana to step into a passion for marketplace ministry even before ministering the gospel in business was widely accepted.
She’s been married to her prince charming, Stewart, going on 12 years, and they enjoy spending time with their 4 kids and 8 grandchildren. Both are ordained ministers of the Gospel, serve on the board of several well-known ministries, and are also co-owners of, The Benefit Link, Inc., a market place ministry business, which has been number one in the field for over 25 years and is licensed in all 50 States, serving senior citizens in need of compassion, prayer, and guidance when facing the challenges of the Medicare maze.
Diana’s been featured in Society Magazine’s Successful Business Women of the Year for 2018, 2019, and 2020. As an international speaker, Diana has traveled abroad for over 10 years, along with her husband, to help support missions throughout Europe and South America, focusing on funding the Kingdom and advancing the gospel.