I begin this blog by quoting something that St. Paul wrote in his letter to the Philippians: “Fill your minds with everything that is true, everything that is good, noble and holy.” He also wrote in Philippians: “Have that mind in you that was in Christ Jesus.” Our minds have great power over us. One of the ways of becoming a friend of Jesus is to control our thinking. I came across a list of principles of positive thinking that I would like to share with you.
- Our thoughts have power over our feelings and attitudes.
- You can change yourself by changing your thoughts.
- Positive thinkers use faith to gain control of their problems.
- Fear and worry are conquered by practical, spiritual methods. Meditation and prayer increase vitality and peace of mind.
- A positive mind leads to improved health and well-being.
- Positive thinkers overcome mistakes, forgiving themselves and others.
- The practice of positive imaging instills the courage and confidence to achieve your goals.
- Enthusiasm leads to action.
- Positive attitudes create more enduring and fulfilling relationships.
- Positive thinking is achievable by all people.
No matter what our age, positive thinking is an asset that will serve us well. Parents need to encourage their children to do positive thinking and imagining, especially children who manifest fears about going to school, making friends, playing sports, and life in general.
Young adults who are hyper-sensitive about their bodies, the way they laugh, their giftedness, need to do positive thinking as they begin to date and seek a future spouse.
Older people need to do positive thinking as they face the changes that come with aging. As I often say in my preaching: “You don’t stop laughing because you have grown old, you have grown old because you stopped laughing.”
All of us have to wake up each morning and immediately say: “God, with you on my side, I can handle whatever today brings.” The healthiest people I know live in an air tight compartment called today. To spend time agonizing over the past or fretting about the future robs us of the peace and joy that each day can bring. True, each day brings challenges, but they won’t overwhelm a person who does positive thinking. When life serves up a particular challenge, we can say to life: “Is this the best you got? Well, bring it on! Jesus, my Guardian Angel and I will deal with it, learn from it and overcome it.”
There is one more principle of positive thinking that I would add: TO LOVE ANOTHER PERSON IS TO SEE THE FACE OF GOD.