A newway of looking at your circumstances
A newlife can come from a newway of looking at your circumstances. Feb 10th What thoughts are you thinking right now? It’s been said that the average person has about fifty to seventy thousand thoughts a day. The mind, like a magnet, pulls towards us our prominent thoughts. Just as a steel magnet will draw out only the things which it has a resemblance for, we constantly draw to us our thoughts and the situations and people that respond to our beliefs and principles. Our leading beliefs can activate forces to produce conditions that correspond to our basic viewpoints and, thus, create our future. For our thoughts play a major role in our lives. The Bible teaches us in Proverbs 23:7, as we think, so shall we turn out to be.
Late last summer, my children and I went to a birthday party. It was for a 10-year-old girl and we enjoyed a lovely afternoon. The child’s parents had every detail covered. To amuse the children, there was a wa- terslide, unique craft projects, and even a zip line. For lunch, we had a cook-out. And for dessert, the children made s’mores. Then, we enjoyed homemade birthday cake and vanilla ice-cream. After the party, my children and I stayed to help clean up. Sometime later, I overheard the birthday girl say to her mother, “Mom, you forgot to serve the chocolate syrup.” Rather than focusing on the 100 great things that happened that day. The little girl mulled over the one thing that wasn’t quite right.
In the same way, let’s focus on the 90 percent of things that are right in our lives instead of thinking continually about the one or two challenges or situations that may need improvement. There is nothing as powerful as a changed mind. A new life can come from a new way of looking at your circumstances.
God plans to give you the future you hope for. So release past hurts, regrets or guilt and get your mind going in the right direction. Don’t think yourself out of your miracle. God’s mercy is fresh and new every morning. So stop sabotaging your success by thinking destructive, wrong thoughts. What you focus on, you will feel whether it is true or not. So don’t give atten- tion to negative stories in your mind. Just because you have a thought or a feeling, it doesn’t mean it is a fact. Maybe it’s the complete opposite of what you are thinking is true. The more you think and talk about a difficulty; the bigger the issue can become. Yet, if you change your mind-set, the condition you are facing must change.
Breaking through negative inner self-talk can be like exercising. At first, it may be difficult. But if you start small, you will gradually become stronger. And before long, it will become effortless. By persistently thinking optimisti- cally, encouraging, motivating thoughts, backed by the steady exercise of unwavering faith and confidence, you can remake yourself and your situations.
A while back, I read about a family who completely overturned their situation by reversing their thought process and attitude. They then gained a new beginning. They had been living in a run-down, discouraging atmosphere for so long, they were convinced that success was for others, but not for them. They believed so thoroughly that they were fated to be destitute, that their attitude, their work, home, and entire environment were pictures of disorder. And by holding a poor opinion of their abilities, they actually thought themselves into melancholy and weakness.