Sunday Reflection: Negativity brings me down.

When the negative thoughts come - and they will; they come to all of us - it's not enough to just not dwell on it... You've got to replace it with a positive thought.Joel Osteen

If I’m not vigilant, I will allow negative thoughts to enter my mind, and I’ll hang onto those thoughts way too long. Maybe you know someone who is negative all the time—maybe it’s you. Personally, (and I’m no Pollyanna), I don’t like negativity and fight it vehemently. Being positive enriches a life. Negativity is linked to anxiety and illness of the mind, body and soul.
We are the stewards of our own thoughts.  We can allow ourselves to watch things that aren’t wholesome and entertain every thought that enters our minds, but that’s not healthy. God’s word says that everything in life is permissible to us (we can do what we want), but not everything is acceptable (1 Corinthians 10:23). 

The best way to fight the negative is to seek the positive—the wholesome things of life.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Philippians 4:8 (NIV)



  1. I dislike negativity and am easily dragged down by it.

    I was told I could do anything I set my mind to do as a child. That was great encouragement. Those people don't live here anymore.

  2. Good post! Television is definitely the temptation box.

  3. Is it still negativity if your are positive something will turn out negative? lol

  4. Overthinking is my Achilles heal.....then it starts to snowball. It's hard to be positive all the time but I try.

  5. Positive and negative can't exist at the same time!

  6. Thank you so much for this powerful reminder at a time of year when it's so deeply needed. Blessings to you.

  7. My dad was a pretty complex person, but also a negative person, at least about many things. I was always told I couldn't do this or that won't work, etc. Gee, it nearly brought me down to where I didn't have any confidence at all. It took me many years to overcome having too many negative thoughts of my own. And I still fight against it, but I do my level best at staying as positive I can. And, as I often say, just enjoying the simple things in life and not dwelling on things I can't change helps. My children never hear me say that they can't do something, I always try to encourage them.
    I love the quote, it's one that I remind myself to do almost daily...think on that which is good and pure and lovely. Excellent post!

  8. This is something I need to learn to be better at! Thanks for this reflection...I'm going to think about this this week.


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