It's funny, in one of my last posts, I talked about speaking power (like the type God displayed in creating the world) and the power of our thoughts; then today, I get Joyce Meyer's magazine in which she is focusing on the power of our thoughts.
Our thoughts can be used for great things and to destroy everything around us if we let them. Negativity definitely kills, and negative thoughts manifest themselves into our lives. I will admit that I am not always the most positive person in the room. I think I was born a pessimist and evolved into a realist (by my standards, of course) three days out the week. I try very hard to stay positive and optimistic the other four days.
Paul tells us in Colossians 3:2 to to "set your minds on things above, not on earthly things." He would not bother with that if our minds and thoughts did not drive our actions and interactions with others. That is also the reason why it is important to constantly stay in the Lord because when we lose our focus, we open our minds up for those negative thoughts to take over and cause all types of problems.
In the end, there is something better than forced optimism. Knowing that God is there to protect you and care for you no matter what, is the best that anyone can ask for. Still, remembering that and putting it in daily life is and will always be a challenge. That is why are are not God but aspire to model him.
Daily Scripture: Genesis 1:3-5