Our thoughts carry a lot of power. Someday they may even be able to help us fly an airplane. Researchers at the Wright Patterson Air Force base in Dayton, Ohio (my wife’s hometown), are working on a project that will allow pilots to fly planes with their minds.

A pilot would wear scalp monitors which pick up electrical signals from different points on his head. The monitors would be connected to a computer which would translate the electrical signals into mechanical commands for the airplane. The pilot could do everything from banking an airplane’s wings, to accelerating, to climbing thousands of feet in the air, just by controlling what he thinks.

The technology which would allow a person to control an airplane with his mind may be way ahead of its time, but the concept of mind control is nothing new. Our minds have incredible power to control the way we speak and act.

As we continue in our list of ways to T-H-I-N-K, we will discuss the “I” and “N.”

First, we should ask ourselves, is it inspiring? Would our words bring encouragement to someone if they were overheard? If they won’t build the other person up, then maybe we shouldn’t use them. (This also applies to criticism. Constructive criticism will build a person up, but destructive criticism will tear them down.)

Next we should ask, is it necessary? There are plenty of things we say for the sake of conversation which are best left unsaid. We realize this by the way other people respond to our words — but by then it’s too late. The damage has already been done. If it doesn’t need to be said, then we’re probably better off keeping our mouths shut.

Our thoughts become words and actions which have the power to make someone’s day . . . or ruin it. Strive to be inspiring with your comments and conduct. Make an effort to only say those things which are necessary — and you and others will be flying high.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder