Here I am again. Jeez! You’d think I was the most inconsistent person in the world by the way I’ve written GEM in the last year…and, honestly, you’d be right!! I don’t have any excuse, but I am genuinely sorry. And please know I’ve missed it, too.
I’ve been contemplating much over my lack of writing and I really have not been very kind to myself. These thoughts about myself have ranged from laziness, disappointment to others and wasteful of my gifts to what’s wrong with me, I’m washed up and I’m squandering my life.
The mind is a powerful thing.
Unfortunately, with all of this beating myself up in my head…I’ve really started to believe these things about myself.
“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right” – Henry Ford
Mr. Ford’s quote is the truth. The way we think can literally change our lives. So, why do we persist on thinking bad thoughts about ourselves, others and life?
One of the main reasons I am caught in this unrelenting circle is because I find some delusional comfort in knowing I’ve let myself off the hook. Basically, this means that if my expectations are so low of myself, others and life then I won’t be disappointed by anything that happens along the way.
Clearly, this is not a good place to be, nor should others follow suit!
The question is how do we open our heads and make some crucial changes? Man, don’t you wish it was as easy as turning on a light switch? I sure do.
Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication…. Ephesians 6: 11-18
The bottom line is that any changes worth making take effort and time. None of us get into this these unhealthy thought patterns overnight and it’s unrealistic to think that we will make such a remarkable transformation in an instant. Although, miracles have been known to happen!!
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. Philippians 4:8
For obvious reasons, I’ve been working on breaking this mold of negative notions and I hope that some of these ideas will help you, too.
First, I’ve said many prayers asking for healing so that I can make these changes. Secondly, I’ve asked others to pray for me. And third, I’ve began reading about meditation so that I can be more proactive in learning how to take captive every thought that enters my mind and to dispel the negativity and focus on the positive.
I’ve also found a few things that are helping me make immediate modifications in the moment I realize I’m going down the path of mindless mayhem. Every time I catch myself having a negative thought, I:
1. Stop and breathe.
2. Say a quick prayer asking the Lord to protect my mind, heart and spirit.
3. Conjure up the exact opposite of the offending idea.
4. Take a minute to review what is happening in the moment that might have caused the destructive concept.
5. Remind myself that I’m a work in progress.
For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. Romans 8:5-6
Beware of what you are thinking! You might just become exactly what you think you will!
Hope to see you soon!!
Some Wisdom for Today: Proverbs 4:23 – Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.