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You can change how you think

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Thoughts drive actions and attitudes

By Shirley Jones

“If anything is excellent of praiseworthy – think about such things” Philippians 4:8

You don’t have more problems than other people – you just think about them more often.

Stop: go back and reread that sentence. Take a moment and consider what it means. It’s what you think about that produces how you feel. If you don’t believe that, try getting angry without first having angry thoughts or getting sad without first having sad thoughts. You can’t do it, can you?

To experience a feeling you must first have the thought that produces it. That’s life-changing information; it’s knowledge the devil doesn’t want you to have.

If you change how you think you’ll change how you feel. Nothing can hold your negative feelings in place other than your own thinking. The truth is, it’s your thinking that’s negative not your life. Once you understand that, you can get back on the path to happiness again.

But change takes time. You didn’t become negative overnight and you won’t become positive overnight. But you can start. How? By doing two things. First, by treating your negative thoughts in the same way you treat flies at a picnic – shoo them away and replace them with thoughts that are excellent and praise worthy. You have the second choice, by thinking about God’s goodness. David did “Bless the Lord, o my soul, and forget not all his benefits. Who forgiveth all thine iniquities, who healeth all thy diseases; who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with loving kindness and tender mercies.” Psalms 103:2-4

So, if you’re serious about changing your life, start changing how you think.