Philippians 4:6-8New Living Translation (NLT) 6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
8 And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.
Thoughts are what drives people to anger, jealousy, discontent, hatred, greed, and even over spending. Thoughts, however, can also be what leads to love, compassion, generosity, smart choices, and so many other positive outcomes. The world teaches children and adults almost everything that is contrary to the verse listed above. It's no wonder we have trouble controlling our thoughts. In fact, I think most people feel like trying to control your thoughts is a ridiculous expectation. I have heard many people say, "I can't how I feel (think)." I completely disbelieve that and have proved it in myself. The earlier we try to help our kids control their thoughts and align them with biblical principles, the more likely they are to succeed in all aspects of their life.
The rule of thought per Philippians 4:6-8:
1) Don't Worry- What outcome has ever been changed by worry itself? Worry paralyzes us, affects our attitude and shows distrust in God. If God knows us by how many hairs on our head (Luke 12:7) and sees that the bird eat daily without them storing away food (Matthew 6:26), why can't we trust that God can handle whatever situation we face with better insight and foresight that we can ever have? Worry is a human nature and it isn't easy for most to just tuck it away and forget it, but with practice we can keep giving our worries to the one who can best handle them.
*Perhaps if you have a real worrier (or you are), have them write them down on a paper and put them in a box or maybe fake mailbox (to God).