Thursday, April 7, 2011

The Little Things

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 How many thoughts do you have in the span of a day? An hour?  So many are filtered through our mind.  Thoughts are those little things that can make a large impact on our attitudes and who we are.

They can bring you up or bring you down.  You can choose which you will or will not believe and on which you will or will not take action.

I have just finished the non-fiction book by Joyce Meyers entitled Battlefield of the Mind: Winning the Battle in Your Mind.  The book’s foundation is Proverbs 23:7 “For as he [a person] thinketh in his heart, so is he.”   

Ms. Meyer stresses the importance of right thinking – to think positively.  She points out that even the most positive person doesn’t have everything going their way but they are able to choose not to let those negative thoughts bring them down.  They instead, chase them out of their minds and focus on the positive.
It is crucial to think about what you are thinking about because those "Thoughts and words are containers or weapons for carrying creative or destructive power. They can be used against Satan and his works or they can actually help him in his plan of destruction."

“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.”   Philippians 4:8

The author offers many suggestions based on scripture for developing a positive mind.  Some that spoke to me were:
  1. "Think positive thoughts” – recognize that depression steals life and light, remember the good times.
  2. " Be God-minded” – meditate on God and His works.
  3. " Develop a thankful mind"  - this coincided so well with  my having just finished reading "One Thousand Gifts".
  4. "Be 'God-Loves-Me' minded" - also dovetailing nicely with "On Thousand Gifts".
In the second section of Battlefield of the Mind Ms. Meyer explains various conditions of the mind with suggestions to fight the battle of negative or destructive thoughts that bring on those conditions.  Very insightful and helpful in making one aware of how those little things are working for or against us to cause our joy or demise.

I want to close with a quote from the first chapter of the book. “Our past may explain why we’re suffering, but we must not use it as an excuse to stay in bondage. “ Now, go, and think about what you are thinking about. 

1 comment:

  1. That sounds really interesting. I hope I'm a positive person on the whole, and I do try to be mindful of God's blessings on me and my family, or to trust Him when I can't quite see the 'good' in a situation. It never hurts to be reminded of this though :-)

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