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Retrain Negative Thinking

Changing negative thinking doesn’t have to be hard.

If we look at the thorns in this picture, they look nasty. And if we get caught by them, they hurt and can become sceptic.

But if we’re picking the roses we don’t think about the thorns. We appreciate their beauty when they flower – they have colour and fragrance that our senses inhale. It’s good for our well-being. Roses only blossom once a year, so they’re precious. They seem so lush and luxurious because we don’t have time to take them for granted.

What if we treated our thoughts in the same way?

Philippians 4:8 (ESV)

Whatever is true, whatever is honourable, 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.

Negative thinking is a choice.

We've all heard the term 'you are what you eat'. Well, we also become what we think. If we retrain our negative thinking and pursue what is better, we will be better for it.

But it goes deeper than that.

The bible often speaks about the 'attitude of the heart'. It's not just about our mind, it's about embracing goodness at a heart level, otherwise, it's just lip service and true change doesn't come.

Will you choose to concentrate on the thorns that can become sceptic if you get caught up in them, or will you choose to pick the roses and inhale their beauty?

One thing about flowers is, if you pick them, more will grow.


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