Think positive thoughts

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Dr. Robin Harris Kimbrough

We have all heard the saying, “For as he thinketh, so he is.”

This truth is a paraphrase of the proverbial verse, “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee,” Proverbs 23:7.

The mind can play tricks on us if it is not in the right place. This is why we have to keep our minds focused on positive thoughts—otherwise, we will never experience what God has for us. In recent news, we learned of the passing of Robin Williams. Like many of you, I grew watching Mork and Mindy.

My favorite movie Robin Williams starred in is Jumanji, an important game about life, fear, and faith. Although Robin Williams had success and was considered a comedic genius, he suffered from great depression.

We would not believe that some of the happiest and most encouraging people suffer silently with unhappiness and discouragement.

Our thoughts are so important to our physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional wellbeing. As a person thinks, so he/she is. We become our thoughts. This is why we have to be careful what we allow to enter our minds and to remain there.

We must keep our minds thinking positive. Often, we find our minds wandering to negative places—destinations filled with paranoia, fear, sadness, and worry. These types of thoughts can lead us to take desperate actions, which in the end do not help us. They ultimately cause us to feel more disappointment. We have to think positively. The way we think positively is to keep our minds stayed on Jesus. We have to focus on him and his goodness and love for us.

Instead of thinking we are going to lose, we have to think about winning. Rather than thinking that something bad is going to happen, we have to think something good is going to happen. We have to choose to keep our minds moving in positive directions.

Negative thinking can change into negative believing. If we kept our minds on the love God has for us, even when those negative thoughts try to creep into our minds, we will have the power to rebuke them and to move forward. Some of us are afraid to think positively. We are afraid of disappointment.
We believe God can do it, but we do not believe he will do it. So we would rather set ourselves up for a let down.

This type of mentality is the reason why many of us have not progressed, not been delivered, not experienced the change God so desires for us—because of the way we think. We need pray so that our minds can focus on the positive.

Rather than seeing the glass half empty, see the glass as half full. Think positively. For as a man/woman thinks, so he or she is.