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Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2023

Think on these things …


Give positive thinking a try

We all have a lot of thoughts constantly bouncing around in our heads. Thoughts about our family, our job, our health, our home, our vehicles, our community, our country, the world … the list goes on and on. And, if you’re like most of us, the more we think, the more we feel stressed, disturbed, worried, angry or other negative emotions.

Don’t you wish you had an off-and-on switch or a selector switch so you could just think about what you want to think about, or better yet, not think about anything for a while? Well, while that may not be possible, you actually can have control of your thoughts.

Scripture tells us to think about the things that are true, actual necessary, and gracious. The truth is that we live a much better life when we think about the best, not the worst, the beautiful and not the ugly, things to praise and not to condemn. Will a change of thought alone make things better? No. But it’s a great start.

Your thoughts control your actions.

When you begin to think from a positive perspective, somehow you feel more confident about the situation and more encouraged that things can be worked out.

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe, a scientist, author and poet considered the greatest German literary figure in modern history, wrote, “If everyone sweeps before his own front door, then the street is clean.”

Of course, he wasn’t actually talking about cleaning around your house and yard. He meant if people would quit playing the “Blame Game,” thinking everything that’s wrong is someone else’s fault, and begin to give thought to how they might have contributed to the problem, perhaps they would commit to fixing their part in it, whether large or small, and in time, this world would change for the better.

So, what have you been thinking about? Is it good or bad stuff? If it was mostly bad, how has that been working out for you? Why not give positive thinking a try? You may find you really like this new side of you. You feel more like you’re in control of your own life and you’re making a positive difference to those around you.

Remember, your thoughts control your actions, and actions bring results. Good or bad. You choose. Now, take a good look at your own front door. Like what you see? Broom, anyone?


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