~by Elizabeth Lapp
“…and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;” 2 Corinthians 10:5
I can so easily think negative thoughts, thoughts of fear and thoughts of worry. I read a story about a black lady who worked for a white lady. The black woman had a happy attitude toward life and often sang. One day her employer asked, “How can you be so happy? Suppose your house burned down or you got sick. Suppose you lost your job.” “Oh,” replied the black lady, “I never supposes.” Perhaps this is a good remedy for you and I! Another possible remedy for a negative spirit is gratitude. Get a journal, and every day write at least three things for which you are thankful. One child who did so told his mother, “I didn’t know God was so splendid!” A third option for curbing negative thoughts is “thought stopping.” This method is not meant to be a way to avoid reality; when a negative thought creeps into your mind tell yourself “Stop. I’m not going there.” You may need to do it very often at first, but if you persevere you will earn victory. At the beginning or end of your day pray about your problems. Give them to God, and leave them there.