‘We have the mind of Christ.’ 1 Corinthians 2:16 KJV
In his book, Thinking for a Change, Dr. John Maxwell gives us eleven different types of thinking; to each we’ve added a Scripture:
(1) Big picture thinking. The ability to think beyond yourself is required in order to process ideas from a ‘faith’ perspective (Ephesians 3:20).
(2) Focused thinking. The ability to think with clarity on issues by removing distractions and mental clutter (Philippians 3:13–14).
(3) Creative thinking. The ability to break out of the box and explore ideas and options in order to experience a breakthrough (Isaiah 54:2–3).
(4) Realistic thinking. The ability to build a solid foundation on facts, to think with certainty (Luke 14:28).
(5) Strategic thinking. The ability to implement plans that give direction for today, and increase your potential for tomorrow (Proverbs 19:21).
(6) Possibility thinking. The ability to unleash your enthusiasm and hope, to find solutions for even seemingly impossible situations (Matthew 19:26).
(7) Reflective thinking. The ability to revisit the past in order to think with understanding (Psalm 1:1–3).
(8) Questioning popular thinking. The ability to reject common thinking and accomplish uncommon results (Isaiah 55:8–9).
(9) Shared thinking. The ability to include others who can help you think ‘over your head’ and achieve greater results (Psalm 133:1–3).
(10) Unselfish thinking. The ability to consider others and their journey, to think with collaboration (Romans 12:10).
(11) Bottom-line thinking. The ability to focus on results, in order to reap the full potential of your thinking (Matthew 25:14–30).
Let’s add: (12) Spiritual thinking. ‘We have the mind of Christ.’ One God-given thought can change your life!