Harry Houdini, the famous escape artist of years ago, issued a challenge wherever he went. He could be locked in any jail cell in the country, he claimed, and set himself free in a short time.
He always kept his promise, except for one occasion. Houdini entered the jail in his street clothes; the strong metal doors clanged shut behind him. He took from his belt a concealed piece of metal, strong and flexible. He set to work immediately, but something seemed unusual about this lock. For thirty minutes he worked, but had no success. An hour passed, and still he had not opened the door. By now, he was bathed in sweat. Though exasperated, he still could not pick the lock.
Finally, after laboring for two hours, Houdini collapsed in frustration and failure, against the door he could not unlock. But when he fell against the door, it swung open! It had never been locked at all! But in his mind it was locked, and that was all it took to keep him from opening the door and walking out of that jail cell.1
There are two laws that govern life. First, the law of cognition. We are what we think. A renowned psychologist wrote, “Research has shown that one’s thought life influences every aspect of one’s being.” Our thoughts determine whether we are confident or fearful.
Second, the law of exposure. Our mind will think about what it is most exposed to. What consistently enters our mind, occupies our mind, and eventually shapes our mind. This will inevitably determine what we do, and become.
These two laws are as powerful as the law of gravity!2 This is the force behind Proverbs 4:23, “Carefully guard your thoughts, because they are the source of true life” (Contemporary English Version).
“Each thought becomes a tattoo on the skin of your memory either for good or ill.”3
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- Zig Ziglar – James S. Hewitt, Illustrations Unlimited, Wheaton: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc, 1998, p. 225.
- John Ortberg, If You Want to Walk on Water, You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat, Zondervan, Grand Rapids, MI, 49530, 2001, pp. 161-162.
- Robert Schuller, Tough Minded Faith for Tender Hearted People, Published in Nashville, TN, by Thomas Nelson Publishers, Inc., 1983, p. 60.