When life starts to get messy and tiring, it’s so easy to get sidetracked. I usually get caught up in a whirlwind of emotions and they are always negative emotions. On top of that I start thinking about where I am and where I should be, don’t like my job and I’m unhappy about it all. My life is just crap! Of course, once I start down that mindset of thinking, the enemy sees a crack in my foundation. He accepts the invitation I’ve so graciously given him. And, he starts to beat down on me even more. He brings up all the hurts of my past, everything someone said or did to me and spins it so that it “looks” like I’m always being abused!
Now I’m depressed. God doesn’t love me. I don’t want to do anything but be depressed, watch movies and eat snacks. I don’t want to work on my business because right now I’m allowing my emotions to rule me. And whether I realize it or not my thinking has invited the enemy to run rush over my mind and emotions! You see how the rabbit hole just continued to go further and further down a spiraling path? This is where I’ve been several times and even recently.
This past week, I had to get a hold of myself. I had to push the reset button and be grateful!
First of all, God absolutely loves me! There is nothing that can every change that. Just because things aren’t where I would like them to be doesn’t mean he doesn’t love me. I’ll get there in his time. So in the mean time I will not despise humble beginnings (Zechariah 4:10). I will thank God that he hasn’t allowed me to go into a blessing that I’m not yet ready to receive.
No, I don’t want to work for someone else. But my job is a blessing. Without my job I wouldn’t have been able to start my business. I wouldn’t be able to invest in the tools I need to make it successful. Because I have the opportunity to work from home a few days out of the week, I’m able to take some time to work on somethings for my business.
I’m not always being abused. I’m a victorious in Christ!
We can’t allow our emotions or our situation to dictate us. We have to stop negative thinking immediately! It only leads us to a dark place. Instead of always thinking about what we don’t have and how messed up our life is, why not think about what we do have? Think about that there is someone out there who would love to have the opportunities we’ve been blessed with but are complaining about.
Think about all the many blessings that God has given us that we don’t even pray about because we just think of them as givens. What do I mean? Well, such things as keeping our heart beating while we’re are asleep, clothing us in our right mind when we could have a mental illness. If we have use of all our limbs and our five senses, we a blessed!
I could go on and on and on. But the bottom line is what 2 Corinthians 10:5 says: “We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ,” (NASB).
Speak to those negative thoughts. But don’t just speak to them, pick yourself up and start doing the things you know you should be doing instead of being in a funk on the couch. Move past what you feel. So what if you don’t want or feel like doing it. Do it anyway! You’re on a mission. Why should the mission be aborted because of how you feel?
When you start to move past those negative feelings, all of a sudden, you’ll start to feel better. Why? Because you pressed forward and made steps to accomplishing your goal or completing your goal. And, that’s just another thing you can add to your list of things for which to be grateful unto God.
Here’s your homework when negative thoughts pop up in your mind:
- Stop, push your reset button!
- Take a moment and think about the things for which you should be grateful. I would expect that there are some things that should immediately come to mind.
- Write those things down and thank God for his goodness
- When negative thinking starts to rear its ugly head, take out your Grateful List, read it and reflect on the goodness of God.
- Get up and do something! Start or finish those things you set out to do for the day no matter how you may feel.
Push Your Reset Button – Be Grateful – Be Blessed