I’ve always liked this lyric from the Creed song What if. I think about them in the context of King Benjamin’s words:
But this much I can tell you, that if ye do not watch … your thoughts, … and observe the commandments of God, and continue in the faith of what ye have heard concerning the coming of our Lord, even unto the end of your lives, ye must perish. And now, O man, remember, and perish not.Mosiah 4:30
Watch your thoughts; an important, a critical warning. Our thoughts are influenced by everything around us in ways that are more powerful and significant than we may realize.
What happens to the mind when one dwells continually on a particular subject or idea? What if one’s thoughts become consumed by particular ideas? What if the ideas do not originate from the mind of God?
It seems that beyond simply watching our thoughts, we should also be watchful concerning ideas that influence our thoughts as well and diligently seek to discover their origins.
Turn up your speakers, it’s quite the experience to listen to this beautiful music.
My Heavenly Father Loves Me
Words and Music by Clara W. McMaster, b. 1904
Whenever I hear the song of a bird
Or look at the blue, blue sky,
Whenever I feel the rain on my face
Or the wind as it rushes by,
Whenever I touch a velvet rose
Or walk by a lilac tree,
I’m glad that I live in this beautiful world
Heavenly Father created for me.
He gave me my eyes that I might see
The color of butterfly wings.
He gave me my ears that I might hear
The magical sound of things.
He gave me my life, my mind, my heart:
I thank him reverently
For all his creations, of which I’m a part.
Yes, I know Heavenly Father loves me.