Freedom from all negativity starts with working on me, my thought life about myself.
Today was already an incredible day by 6:50 a.m. It didn’t start out that way, but by then it was pretty amazing. Whatever your spiritual practices or beliefs are let me tell you how.
I awoke and while getting ready for my day negative thoughts bombarded me. Going straight into my daily routine, I opened the book my volunteer work had requested I look at to see if it was good to share with our clients. I’d been using this book as part of my daily devotions, along with my Bible, for a few days and found it to be quite encouraging and thought provoking. Through today’s reading I came to the conclusion once again that I am not lesser than. I am full and free, powerful and victorious!
Thank you June Hunt for writing the Seeing Yourself Through Gods Eyes 31 – Day Devotional Guide. This guide is such a reflection of what is on my heart!
After reading this I went to my office where I listened to a morning call that is part of a course I am currently taking. In this call he talked about Self-Talk and how damaging we can be to ourselves. He challenged us to note every time we had a negative thought about ourselves and every time we flipped that into a positive.
I walked away from that call and the previous reading, shaking my head at the coincidence of it all. Was it coincidence or an orchestration? Either way, I’m going to take it as a positive!
Interestingly enough I don’t struggle with negative thoughts anymore on a regular basis. I say anymore because there was a time I REALLY struggled! Years ago I felt my thoughts were going to consume me and I’d die by my own mind.
I was headed toward living a life with Eeyore Syndrome: A person that is habitually or chronically depressed, sad, melancholy, gloomy etc., for more days than not. They are over concerned with their problems, no matter how small. They tend to have a round the clock “poor me” attitude. Being around these people has a tendency to “suck the life” out of others. Yup, this is actually a syndrome. I thought I’d coined it myself but when I googled it, because that’s what you have to do these days, I found it was already a term!
Many individuals don’t consider themselves or their needs. They address those around them and plow head on into life, never giving a second thought to what is going on inside their own head and heart. Everyday is a struggle and each week that ends feels like a big effort. A big failed effort at life. How can a person love their neighbor if they can’t love themselves?
One of the first things I started to do in this regard was to begin being kind to myself. Kindness shows caring. Is it wrong to care for oneself? Absolutely not! Hebrews 4:15 says, For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Be sympathetic to yourself and your situation. If Jesus Himself sympathized with us should we not also sympathize with ourselves?
Whether you are 15 or 50 perhaps you can relate to Andrew Peterson’s song as follows.
What can be done?
- Allow yourself to enjoy moments.
- Take advantage of quiet times. Spend time with God in solitude, letting him tell you how much you mean to him. Listening to his still small voice in matters of the heart.
- Forgive yourself/accept that you are human. Beating yourself up won’t accomplish anything. Rather acknowledge your failure, bring it to the Lord and learn from it.
- Refuse to believe the worst. Pray, do everything you can, and then leave it with the God. Bonus – prayer relieves stress!
- Remember times when you made good decisions and allow yourself to focus on those memories.
- Practice gratitude.
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” This is hard to believe when self absorbed, looking at life through negative eyes. You may not know what the plan is, how it is going to unfold, or what the future holds, but that’s okay. You can’t possibly know it all! It’s your job to rest and trust.
Are you looking for freedom from negativity?
With kindness & compassion,
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