Have you ever noticed that your thoughts and actions are taken over by what you focus on. If those are negative thoughts it is hard to break free. When you hold onto fear or negativity you can feel yourself being drained of energy and productivity. It can be very destructive if you focus and give in to the negative. Maybe Solomon was trying to warn us in Proverbs 23:7.
“For as he thinks within himself, so he is.”
It seems Solomon was saying you are what you think. It’s like a self-fulfilling prophecy. You get trapped in your negative thoughts and display a negative image to others. Proverbs 17:14 goes on to warn us.
“The beginning of strife is like letting out water, so quit before the quarrel breaks out.
It is so obvious in just two passages in Proverbs, God is saying “Eliminate the Negative”. Accentuate the Positive, Eliminate the Negative is the title of a song from the 1940’s. The song went on to say “Latch on to the affirmative, don’t mess with mister in-between”. If you listen to this song it make sense. Why concentrate on problems? With all the troubles in the world today it is very difficult to accentuate the positive. You cannot always control thoughts that pop into your head and getting into a negative mindset is far too easy, which can lead to unhappiness and depression.
Negative thinking is a survival strategy that causes us to look for what is wrong so that we can protect ourselves against danger, but it is a very bad strategy because our thoughts actually create reality. Perception is reality, and we must make a conscious effort to avoid being overwhelmed by negativity. You cannot completely eliminate the negative; however, there are steps you can take to reduce the effect. Life can be improved by just eliminating the negative. Ephesians 4:29 advises
“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.”
Next time you feel the onset of a depressed state of mind, just ask yourself the question: Do I want to be happy or Miserable? There are several things you may try to eliminate negativity, such as: Surround yourself with positive people. Usually the best antidote to negativity is simply to spend time with positive happy people doing positive, uplifting activities. Also, Do not accept negativity from other people. There will always be people who can find the negative in life; but, there is no reason why we have to accept their world view. Finally and most important, communicate with God. Go to that quiet place and open your heart to our Father in Heaven. Place your Faith, Hope and Trust in God. Ephesians 5:20
“Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”