When you choose to see things from God’s perspective, it changes how you feel. The only thing keeping your old negative feelings in place is your thinking. ‘As he thinks within himself, so he is.’ (Proverbs 23:7 AMP) When you start thinking the right way, your life starts going the right way. But remember, you didn’t become negative overnight and you won’t become positive overnight. So how do you start?
(1) Replace your negative thinking with thoughts that are ‘praiseworthy.’ (Philippians 4:8 NIV) Deal with destructive thoughts the way you’d deal with flies at a picnic—shoo them away. With practice and persistence you can do it. You have that choice!
(2) Remember: before you take on the future, recall God’s goodness to you in the past. Shakespeare said, ‘Let never day nor night unhallow’d pass, but still remember what the Lord hath done.’
David said: ‘I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart.’ (Psalm 27:13–14 NKJV) We don’t have more problems than other people, we just think about them more often. Stop and reread that last sentence! What you think produces how you feel. If you don’t believe that, try feeling angry without first having angry thoughts, or feeling sad without first having sad thoughts. To experience a feeling, you must first entertain the thought that produces it.
That’s life-changing information—and it will change your life as you act on it!