Positive or Negative?
It is a fact of life that many people find it easier to focus on what they don’t have than to focus on what they do have. So instead of looking for something positive in everyday, they focus on everything that is wrong; everything they don’t like; everything that angers and hinders them. Every time you have a negative thought about something or someone and you entertain that thought it is like a virus that not only infects your mind, but eventually destroys your strength; your dreams and your relationship with God and those around you.
If you are one of these people God has a word of encouragement for you: “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew [their] strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; [and] they shall walk, and not faint.” (Isa 40:31)
Accept this promise with an open heart, be optimistic about life and be grateful for everything God has blessed you with.
Yes life has a dark side to, but don’t go and stay there permanently. You can decide whether or not you wish to entertain any thought that comes into your mind. Therefore when you do have a negative thought, you can choose to say “no” and rather replace it with a positive thought. It takes practise and if you are having difficulty with this in the beginning God has another word of encouragement for you: “and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ” (II Cor 10:5). Just repeat these words in prayer every time you are having difficulty and the Holy Spirit will help you to find positive thoughts.
It’s true that God stretches or tests your faith by confronting you with mountains of difficulty, but if every time after God has stretched your faith you return back to your original form or “comfort zone” because of a negative mindset; it just becomes more and more necessary for Him to stretch your faith for you to become who you where supposed to be. So rather than being negative, take what God wanted you to learn from your difficulties and forget the past.
In closing I just want to remind you that God has only the best planned for you, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find [me], when ye shall search for me with all your heart.” (Jer 29:11-13)
And although He never said it was going to be easy He did promise that it would be worth it, “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding [and] eternal weight of glory” (II Cor 4:17)