Check Out How You Can Overcome Negativity
Positive thinking or negative thinking. Which will you choose?
Negativity can cause imbalances in a person’s body that may cause an honest medical condition of depression.
Here are 3 Ways To Overcome Negativity In Your Life…
There are many times in the Psalms we are told to be thankful (Psalm 30:4; 50:14; 92:1; 95:2; 100:4; 105:1; 136:6; etc.). Paul tells us in 1 Thessalonians that Thanksgiving is a part of God’s will for each one of us.
Secular studies have shown that those who are more grateful also have a more positive outlook on life.
From a Harvard Medical School article they say:
In positive psychology research, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships. (1)
One simple way to overcome negativity is to become more thankful. When you are emotionally down it may be hard to feel thankful.
But if you will look at thankfulness as a command and try to be thankful because God tells you to be thankful, it may make it easier to pull out of the mood you are in.
I Thessalonians 5:18 “In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”
2. Positive Attitude
The Bible says that David encouraged himself in the Lord (1 Samuel 30:6). Lest you think that David had so many wonderful things going on in his life, realize this verse also says that at the time David’s military men were rising up in mutiny to stone him.
David had led the army to war. While they were away from home their city was burned to the ground and all their women and children were taken, prisoners. Things were not going well in David’s life.
David put on a positive attitude and looked to the one source of help he knew he could trust—God. In the next few verses, David prayed and looked to God for direction. Then he obeyed what the Lord had said.
Like David, you too can encourage yourself to do what is right. David encouraged himself to pray. He encouraged himself to rise up and do what he knew was right to do.
You can have a positive attitude even when things are not going your way in life. Negative people are negative because they choose to be. Positive people are positive because they choose to be. What is your choice in your situation?
Undoubtedly you’ve heard the illustration of the two shoe salesmen who went to a primitive tribe where no one wore shoes.
One salesman looked at the situation in disgust and wrote back to the home office that he would never be able to do well among the primitive tribe because no one wore shoes.
The other salesman wrote back excited with all the possibilities because no one there had any shoes yet.
Your choice, like David’s, will affect your outlook. You can choose to be negative, or choose to be positive.
1 Samuel 30:6 “And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God.”
3. Look at The Big Picture
Another of Joseph’s strengths was his ability to look at everything that happened to him in light of God’s eternal plan.
Joseph said to his brothers when they were begging his forgiveness that even though they had intended evil to him, God meant everything that happened for His purposes (Genesis 50:20).
The family of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob was preserved by Joseph being sold into slavery and becoming the prime minister of Egypt.
Joseph saw the bigger picture of what God was doing. He did not allow the hardships stop him from trusting God. Joseph kept a positive attitude.
Even though people were against him, God never forgot Joseph. God was able to work through Joseph because Joseph did not insist on taking control of every situation and manipulating it to his benefit.
When you are faced with negative things going on in your life trying to see what God may be doing through that. You may never know this side of eternity what everything that happens to you means in your life, but have enough faith in God to trust His plan.
Genesis 50:19, 20 “And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God? But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save many people alive.”
May God help you to look to Him and His Word for the help you need in overcoming negative thinking.