I've spent a little extra time this morning listening, thinking, and praying. It is Sunday, after all. This day should be one of rest and reflection. However, I didn't start out with plans on sharing this with anyone. These were what I believed to be "just thoughts." Nevertheless, I see that sharing them with you may help you somehow, so here they are...
There are two differing, maybe even warring, parts of our brain. First, there's the "defense," or how we are right now or have always been. Then there's the "offense." This side is the one that we want to be or how we'd like to see ourselves.
Have you ever stopped to consider what your thoughts are each day? Here's something that may surprise you: While I may be good at building others up, I tend to be hard on myself, and maybe you do too.
Frequently this happens because we tend to dwell on the "what if." It's almost like we think we have a crystal ball and know what's going to happen. But, guess what? We don't.
Since these thoughts aren't helpful (they don't build you up or give you peace), this is the point where the offense needs to come in and take over. You can almost imagine it as a football game, and the defense is the enemy.
With the offense comes words of faith. These words include reminders that God doesn't want you to be so negative. After all, negativity doesn't bring honor to Him or mark us as believers.
We need to think of things that'll help us become more Christ-like. After all, He has a vision for each of our lives. He's called us to make a difference in this world. We need to step out in faith. This starts by changing our mindset.