Let’s face it, regardless of how much we love Jesus, staying positive and thinking positive when our circumstances are difficult can be one of the hardest things we are ever faced with doing. Sometimes it seems we have more than our fair share of hard stuff to deal with, and at times, that may even actually be true. But even when everything in life seems to be out of control, the way we choose to think is always within our power to master, and just because life is hard doesn’t mean our hearts have to harden.
In Romans 12:2, we’re reminded of the power our thoughts have over our lives, when we read “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” You see how we think, becomes who we are, and also determines how happy our future will be. Thoughts are powerful, but there is good news – you have full control over them! Nobody or no circumstance can make you feel negative unless you give permission for them to do so. Being an optimist, is not only within a power, but a life changing choice we can all make.
Not a human alive is immune to problems, and in that sense, we are all alike. But if there is one unique thing truly sets people apart, it’s the way their thought patterns run their lives while shaping who they are and who they will become. It is our thoughts about our circumstances that determine our peace and joy, not the circumstances themselves. Yet although mastering the art of not letting our problems and our negative thoughts steal our joy, or weaken our faith, takes practice and persistence, it is not an impossible task. God could change our circumstances at any time, but He is always more interested in changing us through our circumstances, rather than simply changing our circumstances.
It thrills my heart you are signing up for my free 5 Day Optimist Challenge, because it means you are taking the first step in intentionally choosing to take control of your thoughts so that you can begin to think differently, feel differently and live differently. No matter how long you’ve felt like a pessimist, or how deeply you’ve struggled with negative thoughts, hope is on the way. Not only can you experience change, but God can and will change you if you ask.
You are on the cusp of a mind over matter transformation. Climb aboard my friend, as soon as you sign up, you will set sail with the wind beneath your wings as God begins to help you discover a more positive life, one positive thought at a time.