"Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus."
Psychologists are convinced that our lives move in the direction of our most dominant thoughts. Throughout the day are your thoughts of joy, peace, abundance, and blessings? Or are you on guard during a time of adversity? Are you going through some personal challenges?
We must continually choose to keep our minds set on the higher things especially during times of troubles. The Bible says, "Set your minds on things which are above." (Colossians 3:2) Notice once again we are offered a choice. This includes some effort on our part. We must continually choose, day in and day out, twenty-four hours a day, to keep our minds set on the higher things. But what does that mean? Simply put, they are the positive things of God. The apostle Paul provides a great list on how we can evaluate our thoughts continuously: "Whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praise worthy -meditate on these things." (Philippians 4:8)
Learn to look for the best in every situation. No matter what you're going through, if you look hard enough and keep the right attitude, you can find something good about the experience. If you get laid off at work, you can choose to be negative and bitter and blame God. Or, you can say, "God, I know you got this. When one door closes a bigger and better one will open."
You must make a constant effort to keep your mind focused on better opportunities. It does not automatically happen. Too often we feel a few wholehearted prayers will do the trick. Not so, I can assure you! It takes work to be a happy, healthy Christian. You must be determined and put forth some effort if you're going to keep your mind set on the good things of God and experience his best.
Our mind is similar to the transmission in a car. We can choose which way we want to place the engaging gears. It doesn't take more effort to go forward than it does to go backward. Its all in the decision process. We determine our own choices in our lives. We choose if we go forward or backwards. If you choose forward and stay positive on God's blessings, then all the forces of darkness are not going to be able to catch up to you. Move forward and change your destiny. Move backwards and dwell on the negative which will force your focus on problems and impossibilities.
When you get stuck just say, "Father, you said that all things work together for good to them who love the Lord. So I thank you for guiding me and protecting me and keeping me in your perfect will."
This Week's Meditation:
This thought about ______________ does not mean anything. It is like all the things I see before me that you created.
Say this several times each day when something upsets you. We create our own demise. Realize that these thoughts mean nothing, and it is the beautiful creation. of God that sparks our joy.