Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Fill Your Minds

Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.  Philippians 4:8-9 The Message

I assume that at some point I have written on the topic of self-talk but the concept is worth repeating.  We listen to ourselves more than we listen to anyone else.  We believe what we say to ourselves and the majority of the time, at least for most of us, the talk is negative.  “I’ll never amount to anything”; “I know they are talking about me”; “If only I wasn’t such a clutz”;”Why can’t my husband be more thoughtful”; “Why is my wife always so critical”; and so it goes.

Even those who tend to see the world as a glass that is half full instead of half empty think negative thoughts at times.  When we ruminate over negative possibilities long enough they often become self-fulfilling prophecies.  It is not unusual for such thoughts to bring on depression or anxiety and keep us in such a state longer than need be because we can’t let go of the thoughts that plague us.

What a great message is found in Philippians, chapter four verses eight and nine (The Message).  This is not to be thought of as the “power of positive thinking” because it goes way beyond that.  Descriptive words such as true, reputable, and authentic give credibility to our thoughts but more importantly we are only able to have such thoughts because the “filling of our mind” is a function of the Holy Spirit.

How much stronger would our marriages be if we focused on the positive attributes of our spouse?  How much more would you love your wife if you spent part of each day dwelling on those qualities of your wife that are gracious, beautiful, compelling, and authentic?  How much more would you respect your husband if you spent part of each day thinking about how noble, reputable and genuine he is? (Ephesians 5:33)

When we dwell on the negative aspects of life we are playing into the enemies hands.  God wants you to have a marriage that will bring praise, honor and glory to Him.

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