Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Keep a Positive Attitude -- Think on the Good Things

"Keep thy heart with all diligence, for out of it (the heart) are found the issues of life. For as a man thinketh in his heart so is he." Proverbs 4:23, Proverbs 23:7

If we are to be a faithful Christian, we must develop a positive attitude. That attitude of positive expectancy in God, and that attitude of grateful gratitude for the blessings of live will help you to succeed, to heal, and to grow stronger. A positive attitude can be a great gift. But the devil wants you to be negative. he will bombard you with negative thoughts. DO NOT ACCEPT THEM!

What is a positive attitude? A positive attitude is more than optimism, and more than looking past the bad to see the good in life. A positive attitude acknowledges and accepts the pain of the "bad", then moves on to embrace the "good" hope of tomorrow. A positive attitude in life sows the seeds of spiritual balance and inner peace, even in the midst of life's struggles.

Keeping a positive attitude in life entails much more than simply being an optimist. Don't get me wrong, being optimistic is a valuable tool in building, and maintaining, a positive attitude about life. After all, an optimist seeks the good in life, seeing "the cup as half-full" rather than seeing "the cup as half-empty". It's good to see the world through a positive perspective, rather than a negative one. And you sure can't find a positive perspective about life if all that you focus on are the things that are wrong in this world. Yes, being an optimist is definitely a valuable tool in keeping a positive attitude in life.

But having a positive attitude, and overcoming negativity, takes more than the ability to seek and focus on the good in life. A positive attitude seeks the good, but has also learned how to be okay with the bad. A pessimist might say "Life stinks!". An optimist might say "this, too, shall pass, and things will get better". A person living a positive attitude will say "Life stinks right now, it hurts, but I'm okay until things get better". There is a subtle, but important, difference between the pessimist, the optimist and the person living a positive attitude.

A pessimist will say "My glass is half-empty". An optimist will say "My glass is half-full". A person with a positive attitude will say "My glass is half-empty right now, but I'm okay with that". The pessimist is stuck in the negativity of the glass half-empty, unable to see past what he doesn't have.

The optimist seeks the good in the situation, but fails to embrace the "now" moment by acknowledging the absence of what is gone. The person with the balanced, positive attitude remembers the pleasure of emptying that half-glass, enjoys the "now" moment of the glass still being half-full, and looks forward to the moment when the glass is full again. Past (emptying the glass), present (the glass is half-full) and future (the glass will fill again), blend in perfect balance to create the positive attitude that enable you to endure any struggle you have to face in life.The Bible encourages us to think positive thoughts: "Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there by any virtue, and if there be an praise, think on these things" Philippians 4:8


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