LIFE – It’s as Bad (Or Good) As You ‘Think’, Pt. II

I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore [you] choose life, that both you and your seed may live:  – Deut. 30:19

God said you have a choice. You can choose to think (believe) the worst. You can run mental laps around worry and stress. You can hug your anger or cling to sadness and despondency. It’s your choice.

Or you can learn to set aside the ‘poor me’ attitude. You can choose to:

  • Think positively, even when circumstances seem negative.
  • Believe God’s promises of blessing, health and abundance.
  • Be happy, even in the midst of stressful situations.
  • Claim peace, despite a hectic schedule.
  • Stay in love, even if the other person is not.

Your reaction to all of those issues is thought-controlled. One side is negative; the other is positive. You get the deciding vote. You can remind yourself “something good is going to happen to me today”. They are YOUR thoughts – you choose. 

Here are some tactics that can help you stay on the positive side.  

First, be grateful. It’s hard to be grouchy and miserable when you are so obviously blessed. No matter what your situation, look around. How much more is someone else dealing with  than you are? Would you trade places? If you knew their whole picture, the answer is probably not. Your life is for you to live. God wants you to win so He allows you to be stretched, giving you opportunities to change and grow. 

The Israelites travelled round and round the same mountain for 40 years because of their constant grumbling and complaining. Gratitude and faith would have shortened their trip to just 11 days! Don’t allow yourself the dubious privilege of complaining. It will get you nowhere.

Second, don’t assume false responsibility. Too often, we try to control people and circumstances where we really have no jurisdiction. How many times have you allowed yourself to get upset over situations that you really could not change? They just are what they are. Think of the Serenity Prayer: God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference!

Third, look for the raspberries!  No matter what your situation, something good is hiding there. Of course,  it’s easier to see when you look back at the situation. In the midst of turmoil and change, it can be a challenge to find the positive side, but there always is one. If you don’t see it yet, stay optimistic anyway. It’s the fastest way out of the briar patch.

Fourth, guard your peace. Stay away from negative people. Avoid lengthy conversations about the state of the world, the economy, the environment or someone’s health. You can’t change any of it, but you can surely drown if you are constantly immersed in a negative environment.

Don’t allow worry or fear to grab control of your thoughts and words. Replace your negative self-talk with faith-based words. God gave you the choice between fear and faith, blessings and cursing. Then He told you to choose.

You are where you are today because of your beliefs, thoughts and words. What you think (and say) today will become tomorrow’s reality.

What you think about yourself and your situation creates and maintains your life, your world. It is totally subjective, and usually negative … unless you choose to change.

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