Developing A Positive Mindset

One of the keys to success in life is our attitude, our mindset.  Do we approach life with a positive attitude or a negative attitude?  It may be that you grew up in a home that was negative.  If so, you likely have a negative attitude.  On the other hand, if you grew up in a. Positive environment, you likely approach life with that kind of attitude.  But, our attitude can change! 

In Romans 12, the apostle Paul said, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind…”. Paul is saying that if we want to make a difference in this world, our thinking needs to change.  We need to have a renewal of our minds.  How does this happen?  

We give our lives and our mindset to the Lord.  Now, if you have a negative mindset all your life, this CAN be done but, it will be a challenge.  You have years of negative thinking to overcome.  Norman Vincent Peale’s book, “The Power Of Positive Thinking” would be a good book for you to read.  

So how do we change our thinking?  The first step is to recognize you need to do it.  Then, every day, we ask the Lord for help.  Every time a negative thought enters our minds, we ask the Lord to help us replace it with a positive thought.  Paul said, “Taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ” (II Cor. 10:5).  

This process will take time.  We have to give our bodies… our minds.. to the Lord and ask Him on a daily basis to give us strength to develop a better mindset.  

There is an old story about twin boys… Worried that the boys had developed extreme personalities – one was a total pessimist, the other a total optimist – their parents took them to a psychiatrist.  

First the psychiatrist treated the pessimist. Trying to brighten his outlook, the psychiatrist took him to a room piled to the ceiling with brand-new toys. But instead of yelping with delight, the little boy burst into tears. ‘What’s the matter?’ the psychiatrist asked, baffled. ‘Don’t you want to play with any of the toys?’ ‘Yes,’ the little boy bawled, ‘but if I did I’d only break them.’”

Next the psychiatrist treated the optimist. Trying to dampen his out look, the psychiatrist took him to a room piled to the ceiling with horse manure. But instead of wrinkling his nose in disgust, the optimist emitted just the yelp of delight the psychiatrist had been hoping to hear from his brother, the pessimist. Then he clambered to the top of the pile, dropped to his knees, and began gleefully digging out scoop after scoop with his bare hands. ‘What do you think you’re doing?’ the psychiatrist asked, just as baffled by the optimist as he had been by the pessimist. ‘With all this manure,’ the little boy replied, beaming, ‘there must be a pony in here somewhere!’”

Today, let’s look for the pony at the bottom of the pile. 🙂

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