Have you ever noticed how negative thinking blows things out of proportion? Problems start to seem larger and much more difficult than they really are.
I've always considered myself a positive person. When others are freaking out about a certain issue, I'm the one usually sitting back and saying "let it go, calm down, it will be ok".
But it doesn't mean that I don't also have doubts at times, that I don't also succumb to the negative train , the one that seems to gain speed with each passing thought, the one that seems to be never ending and the one that seems to always have the worst outcome, kinda like envisioning a train going at high speed and slamming on the brakes, the cars just piling on to each other.
Graphic thought? Maybe!
But then again, when you think negatively all you're ever going to get is visions of horrible things happening.
Our enemy bombards our minds with every weapon at his disposal every day of our lives.
As long as we are alive, our minds remain Satan's battlefield.
Not exactly a warm fuzzy feeling is it?
I've been struggling with this for a while. See, as much as I try to be positive, there still seems to be moments where I let my guard down and allow myself to be overcome with not so nice thoughts.
And it's not easy to stop them because usually it will be our worst fears playing in our minds. Oh it's never just a small little thing, the enemy has to strike hard, he has to hit where it hurts, he has to bring to the forefront the things that he knows will get to our core.
I'm learning to stop that. I'm trying really hard to not allow any kind of negativity into my mind or my life, and no it's not easy, matter of fact it's extremely hard because we live in such a negative society.
I can't use excuses to continue thinking and acting a certain way.
My problem is that I'm weak......God says "that is not a problem, I am your strength."
You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day, nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday. - Psalm 91: 5-6
So how do I change how I think?
One of the devotionals that I have on hand is Joyce Meyer's Battlefield of the Mind. What a fantastic treasure this book is. She will teach you how to change the way you think because believe it or not, our thoughts DO affect the outcome of things around us.
Your attitude determines your actions. Oh boy, does this ring true.
If there's one thing I've learned from these devotionals is that we can't prevent bad thoughts from popping into our mind but we can remove them.
I still have so much to learn, I have to recognize what is a true thought and what is a negative one, and I need to weed them out. It hasn't been easy, but I'm working on it.
In closing, I just want to share this video where Joyce speaks about Wrong Thinking. It's worth a watch :)
Again, I am not sure why I felt compelled to talk about this today, maybe it's a lesson for me, well, actually I'm SURE it's a lesson for me, but maybe there's someone else out there struggling with this very same issue. I hope this helps in some way :)