Definitely God’s version of Positive thinking!! This is not as easy as one would hope. I wake up in the morning determining that today I will remain positive and will not get down because of petrol prices or teenage wobblies or business issues. So I feed the dogs, shower, dress, brush my teeth, and off we go to school. Well, I forgot to pray about the traffic.
Lady driver decides to squeeze in front of me where 2 lanes become one. So I back off. I can’t back off too far because its peak traffic and the other 453 cars behind me are on my bumper. I see her checking me out in the rear view mirror. Then, whoosh, she slams on brakes, you know, to tell me to back off from her bumper. So I’m thinking, she’s leaving a 10 car gap in front of her to ‘teach’ me a lesson, so I decide to go around her. Well, that invokes much finger throwing and verbalizing. I kept thinking, her poor daughter in the passenger seat. The language she must be hearing. So of course, being human, I slow down briefly to give her a taste of her own medicine! Well, that did not go down too well. I then determined to ignore her as she tried in vain to get next to me to do some more sign language no doubt! She was so frustrated trying to get next to me and as her opportunity arose, I turned off left for school. Much hooting followed my departure.
Positive thinking has now taken a back seat. I mumble to my daughter that I handled that quite well, knowing there was more, or should I say less, that I could have done. I probably just aggravated the situation instead of just ignoring her. I went from justification, to acknowledgement of my part to feeling sorry for her. She’s just left home and she is so bent out of shape already! What is she going to be like by the time she gets to work? I must say, this is an improvement for me. A few months ago, and maybe now and then on a bad day, I would go home steaming at the wrongness of it all. Regale my husband with her antics and take a few minutes (maybe an hour or so) to let it go! I was quite impressed with myself for not being angry with her (not for long anyway) but for feeling sorry for her. I even prayed for her on my way home (AND that I wouldn’t see her tomorrow!) But the truth be told, I decided to not let her get me down. I chose to think good things. I chose to put on my Christian music. This does not always happen but as we grow the word says we grow from glory to glory. So when we look back we should see some improvement in our behaviour and in our reactions to the day to day hassles.
Its also not easy to think on good things when someone is always going on about how bad everything is or when someone wants to talk about someone else. Its an act of your will to stop your mind and say, no, I will think on good things, pure, lovely, praiseworthy things. I am not trying to trivialize anything. I know people go through really soul destroying things. But it is in God’s word so as best as I can I want to encourage you to think as God has directed us to in Phil 4.
Maybe the best closing for this post are the 2 preceding verses of that scripture, Phil 4 v 6 -7: Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made know to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.