The Tendencies of the Mind
"The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness; but of everyone that is hasty only to want" (Proverbs 21:5).
Notice that diligent thoughts have a tendency—they "tend only to plenteousness." It's a fact, a vigorous mind makes a vigorous worker just as a lazy mind makes a lazy worker. Poverty is first a state of mind. Think like a poor man and you will certainly tend to live like one. And wealth is first a state of mind. Have a rich mind—rich in faith, rich in ideas, rich in desire, and rich in detail, and you will tend toward a rich life.
Thoughts control outcomes. A certain kind of root grows a certain kind of fruit. And a certain kind of thought grows a certain kind of action. They tend only in one direction, toward one result. Noble thoughts tend to noble deeds; loving thoughts tend to loving relationships; courageous thoughts tend to heroic acts; fearful thoughts tend to cowardice; lustful thoughts tend to fornication and adultery. These thoughts tend only toward those results.
And tending never stays just tending. Let a tree lean long enough and it will fall sooner or later. If not from its own weight, then it will certainly fall if pushed long enough by the wind. To tend a certain way only needs an invitation or opportunity to act a certain way. Leaning tends to falling and uprightness tends to standing. Those tendencies will come to pass just as the dawn tends to daytime and sunset tends to nighttime.