The Power of Positive Thinking
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
Today's scripture has much to say about how we need to frame our thinking. It is a solid reminder that thinking on lovely, pure, honorable things is a positive way to keeps our hearts and minds settled. Frankly, thinking this way all the time can be challenging for me. This is not my natural way of thinking. I'm not happy with this, but my personality can quickly look at the glass half empty rather than the glass half full. Over the years of my adulthood, I have worked to be more positive in my thinking and, yes, there has been improvement. I have prayed to be more positive. But, when I am tired, sick, worried or anxious about something, then the glass half empty can quickly take over.
In today's world there is a lot about which to think negatively. It seems that negativity sells and even the weather reports tend to focus on "killer storms" and "disastrous weather conditions." It seems like when I was a youngster the weather was simply the weather. It was reported that it was going to rain or snow. The storms weren't given names and the weather reporters weren't focused on everything being a "disaster." It was simply the weather for that day. Of course, at that time, weather wasn't a 24/7 newscast like it is today and the weatherman would stand in front of a map with cardboard suns and clouds that could be moved around.
My point here is not to knock the weather channel or to deny global warming (which I believe is happening). I'm just using this as one small example of how so many things in our world are presented in a negative and scary light. Add to this all of the other horrible things reported in our world, plus our own personal concerns and problems and you can see that thinking on whatever is honorable, lovely and worthy of praise can be a challenge!
Norman Vincent Peale was a pastor and writer who wrote many books about positive thinking. One of his most popular books was, The Power of Positive Thinking, which, although written in 1952, still has a lot to say about looking at life in a positive way. I have read many of Peale's books, as well as Guidepost Magazine, which Peale and his wife founded, and always find the stories to be inspirational and positive.
The most powerful reminder of positive thinking comes to me, however, from Jesus himself who tells us in John 16:33, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
I pray that today you may feel the peace that Jesus offers and that your glass is half full!
*Waterfall picture taken by Debbie Ross
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