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 — 4 Comments

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).


One of the key ways we put off the old self is to be disciplined in how much television we absorb.

Randy Alcorn gave some very practical insights in a recent post about how we can be more disciplined in the amount of television we watch. 

The fact is, you and your children will inevitably adopt the morality of the programs, movies, books, magazines, music, Internet sites, and conversations you participate in. GIGO—garbage in, garbage out; godliness in, godliness out. The cognitive is basic to the behavioral—you become what you choose to feed your mind on.

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

"Above all else, guard your heart [mind, inner being], for it is the wellspring of life" (Proverbs 4:23).

If someone wants to pollute water, he pollutes it at its source. If he wants to purify water, he purifies it at its source. Our thoughts are the source of our lives. All our lives flow from our mind, and through the choices we make every day we program our minds, either for godliness or ungodliness.

1. Keep track of how much time you spend watching. (It’s much more than you think).
2. Decide in advance how much TV to watch per week. (e.g. No more than six hours, only two nights or weekends).
3. Use a schedule to choose programs for the week (perhaps at family time)— then stick to your choices.

Read the whole thing here.

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4 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.

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