Well, this year has been a bit on the terrible side as far as world wide crisis, politlcal drama, and injustice of all kinds. It’s a lot to think about. A lot of have an opinion about. A lot to discuss. Throughout the course of the year, I found myself for the first time in my life becoming cynical and prone to prolonged negative thinking.
I say for the first time because I’ve always been a positive person. It just comes natural. I assume people have the best of intentinos. However, a few months ago I briefly found myself wanting to give up humanity. I didn’t like the negativity and the heaviness of the accompanying emotions. I decided that something had to change. I decided that I would fight to be the postivie person I always have been.
I can’t blame the internal struggle I was having on solely 2020. The truth is there were some thought patterns I had begun to entertain even prior to the start of the year. However, when we identify fruit being produced in our lives it is time to change what we are planting. Our thinking is SO important and there is a reason that scripture gives us such clear instructions on thought.
Romans 12:2 (NLT) Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
There is a lot going on in our world and if we’re not careful we can let it consume our thinknig. There is a lot of division in our world and if we’re not careful we can let it divide us. However, we must remember that our thoughts should be firstly saturated in God’s Word and in His presence. I suspect that we sometimes end up in converations- arguments- we were never meant to be in because our thinking was transformed by our political party rather than the Word of God.
I believe many people, and even churches are missing the will of God for them simply because they are being changed by the world around them rather than allowing the God within them to change their world.
Philippians 4:8 (NLT) And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.
Fix yout thoughts. I love the term FIX your thoughts. This means to set them on a subject and be unmovable from that subject. I love even more that the first thing we should fix our thoughts on is what is true. There is so much false information in our world that is more challenging than ever to discern truth. I see so much misinfirmation or misattributed quotes spread on social media that I can’t even believe. Real truth though, God’s truth is easier to find. We need only to turn to His Word.
Simply put, we need to spend more time intentionally focusing on the good. Focus on the positive. Intentionally look for things we can encourage and celebrate. There will always be negativity and things that could weigh us down, but we get to choose what we fix our thoughts on.
My challenge to us today is simply this: Let’s spend more time thinking about the Kingdom of God than the kingdom of the world.
Thank you for reading! I recently made a video about maintaing a positive mindset. In it I give three additional ways we can try to stay positive. If that could help you then you can check it out below.