Inside: I think the worst, and it really limits me and my faith. Problems seem to trickle in, and soon, everything is going bad. I’m always stuck on negative thoughts.
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Are you like me? I think the worst, and it really limits me and my faith. Problems seem to trickle in, and soon I think, everything is going bad.
My husband travels for work a lot. Usually, when he leaves, things happen. It’s like Murphy’s Law: “anything that can go wrong will go wrong.” I told you, negative thinker, here.
The water heater suddenly dies or something amiss happens with my car. Then one of my kids gets sick with some virus, the dog runs away and the garage door won’t shut.
Problems brew problems.
These troubles, happening around me, somehow infiltrate into my brain, and now I’m the problem.
Nothing good happens to me.
Faith gets fractured when negativity becomes the front seat.
What is happening around me is not a direct correlation with me. My troubles are not me unless I let my mind start thinking and acting that way.
When those negative thoughts come, do you ever think?
- God is disappointed in me
- God doesn’t love me
- I have little faith
- A Christian shouldn’t have these thoughts
Survival strategy says negative thoughts cause us to look for what is wrong, so we can protect ourselves from danger.
Who or what is more dangerous than myself when I am thinking negatively? When I constantly look for what is wrong, I put my relationship with God in jeopardy.
Have you ever been around a pessimistic person?
Do you ever find yourself getting stuck on the pessimism channel? If our mind is constantly stuck on the bad and the wrong, our bodies are going to feel this way also.
Pessimism parks our view on the impossible.
Many times, I think I’m the only one who deals with negative thoughts. Am I?
I was surprised when I did some research about negative thoughts. Eighty percent of everyone’s thoughts contain some sort of negative content. The problem is when we believe the content of our thoughts to be true.
We can believe the worse, or we can plant our faith in the truth of God.
Job, from the Bible, comes to the forefront of the Bible as someone who experienced a heap of problems. He lost his possessions, family, and health.
What did Job park his thoughts on?
- Trust God at all times. It’s easy to trust when life is good, but our faith grows when we trust in the hard of life.
- God wants us to bear our soul, and tell Him how we are feeling. He will help us see the eternal focus, and give us the wisdom how to proceed with the problem.
- God is the only security we can find on Earth. He is the Rock. The Cornerstone.
- Instead of asking “why me,” we should be asking “show me”. How will this make me better and then wait patiently in expectation for His aid?
- We have nothing to fear when we are holding Jesus’ hand. Can I get an Amen?
The story of Job ends with blessing. Job received more “stuff” in the second half of his life than in the beginning of his life.
We might not receive material blessings but instead, we receive an unbreakable, deep-rooted faith in these seasons of trouble. Our complete restoration from every problem will happen when we are in Heaven with our Savior.
When those negative thoughts come, let it spur us on, grit our teeth and dig a little deeper into our relationship with God. Water the soil, and flex those faith roots into the ground.
28 And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them (Romans 8:28, NLT).