Which Do You Nurture…
The Seeds Or The Weeds?
Become a “possibilitarian”. No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see possibilities – always see them, for they’re always there.
Norman Vincent Peale
How many times do we choose to focus on those negative things that challenge us all every day? I am the first one to admit that I am not immune to feeling overwhelmed by things that are apt to sap the positive energy that I need to get through my daily life. And yet, to what end am I worrying? And that’s the moment when my personal lightning bolt struck! You see, it dawned on me just how much time and energy I waste every day by worrying about things that I have no power to change. In fact, just thinking about the monstrous demon we unleash when we couple that feeling of shear impotence with our very human tendency toward complacency (dare I say laziness?), and it is easy to understand how allowing these feelings to consume our lives can paralyze our ability to grow as both human beings and people of faith!
Is there a way we can we let God help us to reroute our thinking so that we escape becoming victims of our own negativity? Well there are a few things that immediately come to mind!
- STOP! Acknowledge ownership of those negative thoughts and then rebuke them. Work to establish a plan for rerouting those negatives and turn them into positives. Avoid the start of what can become a pattern of negativity. Meditate on those experiences and see if there is a way to spin the outcome. Remember Pollyanna’s “Glad Game”?
- Look on the bright side. Look for the beauty in everything around you. Choose to look at another’s virtues and not their faults. Empathize with others and work to teach the art of empathy to your own children. And focus thoughts on solutions to challenges, maintaining a positive attitude. Remember, your feelings and thoughts, actions and reactions are the mirror of your thoughts. This means you have to be careful with what you think, because your thoughts program your subconscious mind and affect your behavior.
- Forgive! Be kind! Love! These three are bonds forged of God and are as unbreakable as steel. Reflect on God’s love in everything you do and become empowered by His promise of salvation for those who live lives in accordance
with the teachings delivered by His hand to man.
There is nothing here that is particularly complicated or difficult to manage, especially when the lightning bolt strikes and the realization dawns that it is God who gives man the power to turn those negatives into positives in the first place. It is all in how we choose to view our lives and circumstances. So which are you watering? The seeds or the weeds?
Finally, brothers and sisters, 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 NIV
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