The Bible says to think on things that true, honest, just, pure, lovely, good report. If there be any virtue or praise. Can I please point out that all of that is focusing on positive things?
God didn’t say think on things that are false, deceitful, unfair, immoral/dirty, hideous, sinful, or of a bad report. Putting all of that together sounds horrible to think about, doesn’t it? It sounds depressing. Angry. Frustrating. Negative.
I love quotes! I read a quote “Your mind is a garden what will you grow? flowers or weeds?”
What do weeds do in your garden? They spread quickly. They take over. They choke out the flowers. If you wait too long to weed you have to be really careful not to pull the flowers up. If you wait any longer and let the weeds stay they will eventually kill the flowers. If we continue in life with negative thoughts running our mind and not fixing them our souls will reap what our minds have sown. The negativity will be entangled into the depths of who we are. Negativity causes bitterness, ugliness, a feeling of defeat, sadness, anxiety, adds to depression, and stress which can eventually leads to sickness. Weed out the bad thoughts and replace them with good thoughts.
I know when people hear positive thinking they may think hippie but look at the scripture. God knows exactly how intricate he made our minds and bodies. Everything is connected. Studies show how stress affects the body. The Bible also says “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.” Proverbs 17:22 We aren’t going to be happy-go-lucky all of the time but we can find a place of peace. We can train our minds to think on things that are good instead of bad. If you don’t know Christ as your personal Saviour that is a start. To have peace without Him is like trying to grow flowers without the sunshine. If you are a saved Christian in a place in your life of negativity, unrest, confusion. A place where you can’t find peace don’t give up. Ask God to help you change your way of thinking. To help you change your life. To show you the way. Listen, I know it isn’t easy. I have been in some pretty bad places mentally where it looked bleak and unpromising. Sometimes, we have to hit bottom before we are built back up.
Phillippians 4:7-8 “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
Things that have worked for me:
an adequate amount of sleep (early bedtime)
Change in diet
Lots of water and herbal tea
Essential oils (newbie)
Filling my mind with my favorite scriptures and positive quotes.
Retraining your mind to think on good things
Detoxing from social media
Accepting I can’t change people or certain circumstances. I can only change ME!