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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Thursday's word with Brenda Smith

THOUGHT:  The act or process of thinking; reasoning, imagining.
NEGATIVE: Expressing or containing negation or denial.
Did you know that the average person has 10,000 separate thoughts each day? Every one of those thoughts represents a choice you make, a decision to think about this, and not about that. Norman Vincent Peale said….”Change your thoughts and you change the world.” Henry Ford gave that truth a different spin when he declared, “Thinking is the hardest work in the world, which is probably why so few people engage in it.” There have been many sermons, lectures, speeches, or papers written on “thoughts” and “thinking.”  Why?  Because your thoughts really do matter in how you choose to live your life.  So many people struggle with negative thinking. Negative thoughts poison the mind, and ultimately the soul. Believers are told to “take every thought captive” that doesn’t conform to Christ’s standards. We must evaluate every one of our actions, desires, and impulses, and bring everything under the control of Jesus (2 Cor 10:5).
Here are 4 examples of negative thinking:
Self-Pity: We all fall into this trap sooner or later.  As the saying goes, into each life some rain must fall. We sometimes feel we have been dealt an unfair hand, while others are basking in the sunshine.
 Blaming: This is an attempt to find a scapegoat for your problems. You can’t face on your own, so you find another person who seems to be the source of your problems.
Unwillingness to Change: You are a victim and the world is against you. Since, you can’t change, then, your behavior can’t be your own fault. So you never have to face it honestly. “I have every right to be hurt and I’m not going to give it up.”
 Anger and Bitterness: You refuse to accept the fact that you yourself are the source of your own problems. When others suggest otherwise, you get angry, defensive and bitter. You remember every miserable thing ever done to you or against you.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things. – (Philippians 4:8).
May God continue to bless you is my prayer.

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