Your Daily Thought Life
Today more than ever, it is sometimes a huge challenge to keep our minds positive and optimistic. The world is a scary place with the virus, riots, and mean people! Getting control of your thoughts will make you calmer and more hopeful. God wants us to have hope. He also wants us to rely on Him to nurture our daily thought life.
Dr. Dennis Gersten, of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, says that the average person has 15,000 thoughts per day. Of those thoughts, 2/3 are usually negative! True Statement: If you change your thoughts, you can absolutely change your life! A negative mind becomes a barrier to a vibrant life. A barrier is a mental or emotional obstacle that hinders progress. When you allow yourself to have a negative mind, you sabotage yourself. We read in Proverbs 17:22, "“A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”
The Storage Room of Your Mind
Think of the subconscious mind as the, "storage room," of everything that is currently not in your conscious mind. Our subconscious mind has an enormous impact on our day-to-day experiences and our interaction with the world around us. The subconscious mind stores all your previous life experiences, your beliefs, your memories, your skills, all the situations you been through, and all the images you have ever seen. Sometimes we store up limiting beliefs in our subconscious minds. Limiting beliefs will force you to live below your potential and they can ruin your life completely.
All day long are mind is filled to the brim with thoughts. What to do, what to say, how to feel. It's easy to slip into low energy thoughts, particularly when things aren't going well. Dr. Wayne Dyer describes low energy thoughts as worry, shame, hate, guilt, and fear. When we dwell in low energy thoughts, we attract more of the same. We actually make up what other people are thinking about us.The worst case scenario becomes our first thought. Victim thinking will zap your energy and make you sad. Often these feelings are accompanied by a complaining spirit. And God cannot bless a complaining spirit.
Catch & Release
So what do we do? First and foremost, praying and reading the Bible will help us banish these negative thoughts. Realizing your value in Christ is the foundation of positive thinking. Knowing we are just passing through this life towards eternity to be with God. But while we are here, God expects us to have trust, hope, and confidence in His love and provision. What else can you do? Practice the strategy of, "Catch & Release." CATCH yourself sinking into negative feelings and RELEASE that thought to God. Make a serious effort to identify the negative thought as it comes and consciously let it go. By taking these steps, you can replace the bad habit of negative thoughts, with thoughts of gratitude, hope, and joy. I'm not telling you it will be easy. But I'm am telling you it will be worth it.
"Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect."
~ Romans 12:2