Sow a thought, reap an action; sow an action; reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character reap a destiny

Chris —  August 9, 2009

If it’s true that physically, “we are what we eat,” it is just as true that we become what we think.  That is the point of the above progression.

What do you spend your time thinking about?

In growing as believers, our paradigm should be that of Eph 4:22-24:

Put off the old self.

Be made new in the attitude of our minds.

Put on the new by fixing our eyes on Christ in His Word – – so that as we behold His glory, we are transformed into His likeness from one degree of glory to another (2 Cor 3:18).


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9 responses to Sow a thought, reap an action; sow an action; reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character reap a destiny

  1. Thank you for this post! I am printing it off to read to my kids. 🙂

  2. thanks for this, i heard my pastor say this a few times. what a true quote. more people should hear about this. glad i found this.

  3. Sow a thought…reap a destiny, is not biblical. Romans 5, especially in regard to character and destiny, is the better choice:

    And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us….Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more, 21 so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 5:3-8+20-21

  4. Jennifer Nelson December 3, 2014 at 3:52 am

    Oh boy. Thank you for the reminder. Much needed for the Nelson house….and regretfully this one start a with mama.

  5. Steve Hryszczuk March 10, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    Since thoughts precede behavior, sowing the right thoughts very much can create a destiny. Romans 12:2 makes it clear that without “renewed minds” we don’t stand a chance in dealing with the persecutions and tribulations that can lead to proven character.

  6. Prov 23:7 As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.

  7. The Word says that you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free. Proverbs 19:26 states, “hear counsel and receive instruction that thou may be wise in the latter end.” This quote has everything to do with hearing the simple fact that as a man thinketh in his heart so is he. We need the mind of Christ and it is the Holy Spirit Who gives us the mind of Christ. The principles behind this quote, “Sow a thought reap an action,…” is very very true and that’s why the word says, “Raise up a child in the way that I should go and in his letter and he shall not depart from it. ” if your theology gets in the way of truth it becomes a religious spirit.

  8. Hi Anthony. Thanks so much for stopping by and interacting with this discussion.

  9. Margaret Thatcher is quoted as saying this:

    “Watch your thoughts, for they will become actions. Watch your actions, for they’ll become… habits. Watch your habits for they will forge your character. Watch your character, for it will make your destiny.” Was her statement an adaptation of “Sow a thought, reap an action,” etc?