What do you spend your time thinking about? Everybody thinks about something. Your brain is constantly moving, constantly thinking, always working, never stopping. Granted, there are times when your brains takes over and starts thinking for you, but when you are awake and have the choice, what do you choose?
For me, my normal thought patterns usually center on the book(s) I’m currently writing, the articles I’m planning, the editing I’m doing, and events I’m organizing. And at any given moment, my brain can start thinking about movies I’ve seen, books I’ve read, or television shows I’ve watched. And, I hate to admit this, but the rest of the time I’m trying to convince my stubborn mind not to worry about finances.
Anyone else have thoughts like that? I’m pretty random, but I’m not the only one who has a busy brain. But do you know anyone who only has negative thoughts?
I do. And they’re not fun to hang out with. They’re so sad and grouchy all the time that it seems there isn’t a positive bone in their body. All they think about is how unfair life is or how they’ve been mistreated or how people around them have been mistreated or how they don’t have any friends. Those are the people you avoid at work and at church and at family reunions, right?
Negative thinking is a vicious cycle. And it’s silly. Because what do we have to be negative about anyway? I mean, those negative thinkers can always find something to complain about, but in the grand scheme of things, how can we complain about anything?
Paul has a message from God for the Church in Philippi that can revolutionize our own personal mental acrobatics. The Bible says in Philippians 4:8, “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 your thoughts on what is true. Attach your thinking to things that are undeniably, unapologetically, unsinkably true. Does truth like that exist? Of course it does.
It’s easier to focus on the downside of life. Honestly, life does have a lot of downs, but it also has a lot of ups.
Want to know one thing that’s true? God loves you. Maybe you don’t feel it all the time, but it’s true. Truth doesn’t depend on what you feel or what you have experienced in your life. Truth is greater than all of that. And frankly, truth is true whether you even believe it or not.
God loves you. God is in control. God has a plan. God is good. All of those marvelous, miraculous things are true, and in the face of truth like that, how can we complain about the weather or our salary or our taxes?
But it’s so much easier to be negative. It’s easier to focus on the downside of life. Honestly, life does have a lot of downs, but it also has a lot of ups.
If you choose to focus on the ups and truly believe that God knows what He’s doing, you’ll find your outlook on life turning a bit sunnier. And as soon as you have some sun shining, it won’t be long until everything else starts to brighten up too.