A book I recently dug deep into titled, “Faith Positive in a Negative World” by Dr. Joey Faucette and Mike Van Vranken, inspires this blog.
Did you know that creating and cultivating a positive life starts with a positive mind, which starts the second you wake up in the morning? Your thoughts have a direct impact on the outcome of your day.
Have you awakened to the annoying sound of your alarm wishing you didn’t have to go to work? Have you heard the cry of your baby and wished for another hour of sleep? You walk down stairs, turn on the news and get angered by politics or upset by the most recent terrorist attack. You then go to work and your boss is treating you like he/she could care less if you were there or not. After a long day you come home to messy house and that just puts the cherry on top.
Can you relate to this?
I think we can all agree these are plausible scenarios.
Instead of getting annoyed by your alarm, thank God you have a job.
Instead of getting frustrated by the cry of your baby, cherish every waking moment with him/her (I hear it goes by fast).
Instead of letting the anger of the news on television bring negativity to you mind, thank God for your protection and get on your knees to pray for those impacted by the events.
Instead of wishing for a new job or boss, realize God may be using you to be a light in your current position and focus on showing them love.
Instead of being upset with an unclean house, thank God for supplying all the blessings to make the house messy in the first place
You get my point, it’s all in how you perceive and act in each situation.
As Dr. Joey Faucette and Mike Van Vranken say, “mow and sow.” Mow your negative thoughts and sow your positive thoughts. The book gives wonderful examples on how to make this happen.
Before allowing the busyness of the day start, give yourself a designated amount of time each morning to sit quietly before God. Ask God to help keep you accountable to being positive.
At the end of the day write down three specific things you are thankful for. This will retrain your mind to be more thankful in all situations.
Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”
Some days will be harder than others; some people are put into more trials than others. Regardless of any circumstance, you can choose to have a positive day, positive mindset, and a positive life.
Wake up and choose joy every day.
Proverbs 17:22 “A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”
Visit the official website of Dr. Joey Faucette at www.getpositive.today