It’s time to ‘re­think’ what’s pos­si­ble

The Oneida Daily Dispatch (Oneida, NY) - - Religion - Cather­ine Galasso-Vig­orito A New You

As the sky dark­ened one evening, my fam­ily and I were home in our liv­ing room sit­ting on the sofa watch­ing tele­vi­sion. A com­mer­cial came on the screen. And I was in­trigued by the open­ing sen­tence ad­ver­tis­ing a doc­u­men­tary about Abra­ham Lin­coln. It said, “Abra­ham Lin­coln fought two wars… and one was in his mind.”

Whether we’re aware of it or not, our mind is flow­ing in a con­stant stream of thought. On any given day, we can have over 50,000 thoughts. So we have to con­stantly be on guard as to what we think about daily.

God cre­ated you, and He gave you a won­der­ful mind. He wants you to fill it with good things. For our mind-set de­ter­mines our self­im­age, be­hav­ior and achieve­ments. Our out­look de­cides the mag­ni­tude of our hopes, dreams, and in­flu­ences our for­ti­tude when we are con­fronted with life’s chal­lenges.

What thoughts are pri­mar­ily oc­cu­py­ing your mind? Are they con­struc­tive or de­struc­tive?

Some­times, it can be a strug­gle to over­come un­con­struc­tive thoughts. Neg­a­tive mes­sages can at­tack a per­son’s self-con­fi­dence, lead­ing to a pes­simistic view of the world and of one­self. De­bil­i­tat­ing in­ner thoughts can par­a­lyze, and crit­i­cism can hurt.

But this is a new day; and the power to change your thoughts is in your hands. So choose to free your­self of every­thing that’s stand­ing in the way of your fu­ture progress. Chang­ing the way you think about things is a fun­da­men­tal ap­proach to chang­ing the out­come. There­fore, fo­cus your mind on all that is ‘true, no­ble, right, pure, lovely, ad­mirable, ex­cel­lent, and wor­thy of praise.’ (Philip­pi­ans 4:8).

To­day, it’s time to ‘re­think’ what’s pos­si­ble.

•Maybe a door to a dream closed. ‘Re­think’ what’s pos­si­ble. Con­tinue look­ing for­ward and tak­ing steps ahead. Op­por­tu­ni­ties will find you. Soon, a new and a bet­ter door will open. For God didn’t bring you this far to leave you now. Thus, “use what- ever gift you have re­ceived to serve oth­ers…” (1 Pe­ter 4:10).

•Pos­si­bly, some­one you trusted be­trayed you. ‘Re­think’ what’s pos­si­ble. Look to God, rely on and trust in Him. He knows how to bring the best peo­ple into your life and has an in­cred­i­ble fu­ture in front of you. “God is your refuge and strength, a very present help in trou­ble.” (Psalm 46:1).

•You could have heard some dis­cour­ag­ing news. ‘Re­think’ what’s pos­si­ble. The cir­cum­stance is sub­ject to change. Don’t give up hope. God is on your side. For God is “able to do im­mea­sur­ably more than all we ask or imag­ine, ac­cord­ing to His power that is at work within us.” (Eph­e­sians 3:20).

•Or, you may have faced an un­de­served and un­fair sit­u­a­tion. ‘Re­think’ what’s pos­si­ble. Rise above it; and in your mind’s eye, see your­self strong and con­quer­ing ob­sta­cles. God is close to you and guid­ing you to vic­tory. So, “For­get those things which are be­hind, and reach forth unto those things which are be­fore.” (Philip­pi­ans 3:13)

Should a neg­a­tive thought come into your mind, im­me­di­ately ex­pel it by stat­ing a pos­i­tive af­fir­ma­tion. When you wake up in the morn­ing, take 30 sec­onds to say, “My life is a won­der­ful gift,” “Thank you, God, for all of my bless­ings,” “I’m get­ting bet­ter and bet­ter,” and “Some­thing fan­tas­tic is go­ing to hap­pen to me

to­day.” Then, through­out the day, look for the good and the beauty that sur­rounds you. Be op­ti­mistic, and ex­pect sit­u­a­tions to work out in your fa­vor. The mo­ment you put new and pos­i­tive thought into your mind, you can leave those prob­lems be­hind and move in a com­pletely new and dif­fer­ent di­rec­tion.

While re­cov­er­ing from World War 1 in­juries, a man named DeWitt Wal- lace had a unique, in­spired idea. He thought it would help peo­ple if there were one pub­li­ca­tion that had con­densed ar­ti­cles. These ar­ti­cles would be writ­ten on a wide va­ri­ety of sub­jects and would be easy for peo­ple to read.

Wal­lace ap­proached some mag­a­zine pub­lish­ers with his cre­ative con­cept, and they said, “no.” He as­sem­bled a sam­ple is­sue and sent it to other pub­lish­ers. They re­jected his con­cept. Many crit­i­cized what he wanted to do. Then, one ed­i­tor even told Wal­lace he would never sell enough sub­scrip­tions to suc­ceed. One af­ter the other, his idea was dis­carded.

Yet, Wal­lace didn’t give up on his heart’s dream. He didn’t dwell on neg­a­tive thoughts. Rather, he fo­cused on pos­si­bil­i­ties. With a pos­i­tive mind­set, pa­tience and per­sis­tence, Wal­lace and his wife, Lila, brought their vi­sion to real­ity and pub­lished their first is­sue of Reader’s Digest Mag­a­zine out of their home. In spite of ob­sta­cles, Wal­lace pressed on. Now, Reader’s Digest is one of the most widely cir­cu­lated pe­ri­od­i­cals in the world.

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