Like technology, knowledge, and pumpkin spice, they can be used for good or evil. Good thoughts build up. Bad thoughts tear down. Positive thoughts produce positive results. Negative thoughts lead to negative results.
Do you control your thoughts or do your thoughts control you?
Recently, I’ve had several friends call me out on toxic thinking. You know the type?
I’m a failure.
Nobody appreciates me.
I can’t do anything right.
Why do I even try?
Here’s a thought: The only power your thoughts have is the power you give them.
If you give your negative thoughts power, they will enslave you.
If you give your positive thoughts power, you will be empowered.
“Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.”Henry Ford
I am by nature a negative thinker. I tend toward seeing problems instead of possibilities. If encouragement were a scale (1-10), I’d be a solid “2.” I can easily be skeptical, cynical, and dismissive. When I empower these thoughts, I quickly spiral down into depression and self-loathing.
I said, “I am by nature a negative thinker.” I should have said, by sinful nature. The sinful nature deceives and destroys. The spiritual nature encourages and empowers. As a follower of Christ, I am defined by the Spirit, not by my sin. That means being a negative thinker is who I was. It’s not who I am or who I want to be. My nature is changed by nurture.
So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. (Galatians 5:16)
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