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)