Analogies sometimes help me to understand the basics of Biblical teaching a little more deeply. This one might reflect the fact that I live in a very industrialized and mechanized  society.

Your mind is the machine and the situations that you face are the things that are put in that machine. The type of machine that you have will determines the type of outcome that you will have every single time. This is why two people can face the same exact situation and come out with completely different results. Different machines yield different results and lead in different directions.
WHERE do you get your machine? Out of what materials do you build this machine? WHO is determining the outcomes of your life? Your building materials are always coming from someone…

The only legitimate source of these building materials is God – your Creator and Lord. He is the one who built the brain and mind He is the one who alone can tell you what it is for and how to get there. Only the mind machine made by God will stand to the end. All others will have the illusion of production and substantiality and productivity, but in the end, when they are placed in the light of God’s standard will all appear as they truly are – worthless.

We should take great care in building our mind machines, because on that single fact hinges the eternal result of our lives. Be very careful to only use the materials that come straight from the mind and purpose of the Creator and Craftsman himself and no one else (including yourself)…