Would you like to be in a good mood every day? You are probably thinking, Yes, of course I would. Who wouldn’t?
I spent a lot of years being controlled by a variety of moods and believing I had no choice in how I felt. I envied all the “happy people.” I used to wonder, What is their secret? Why them and not me?
Then I finally learned that our mind, mouth, moods and attitudes are all intricately connected.
First you think, and then your thoughts turn into words that you speak, and the two of them together affect you emotionally and turn into moods and attitudes.
Do You Want to Be a “Glass-Half-Full” Person?
Although we don’t always have the power to change every unpleasant circumstance in our lives, we do have the power to change our outlook.
Nobody enjoys a troubling or painful circumstance, but I’ve found if we look at it in a hopeful, faith-filled way, we can watch God work all things out for our good (see Romans 8:28).
Enjoying life begins with the thoughts you choose to think. Our thoughts are intricately connected to our feelings, so if we want to feel better, we need to thinkbetter.
Think of the mind like the gas tank in your automobile. Your automobile will run well, or perhaps not even run at all, depending on what kind of fuel you put into it. In the same way, when you choose your thoughts carefully, your quality of life will improve in amazing ways!
Be honest with yourself and think about what you have been mentally focusing on and how you have been feeling emotionally and even physically. I feel certain you will see a definite connection.
Nothing good comes from thinking sour, critical, and negative thoughts, but something good always comes when we think according to God’s plan for our life.
Get Your Train of Thoughts Moving in the Right Direction
Through His death and resurrection, Jesus offers us a new way of living. However, a new way of thinking will always precede this new way of living.
Right thinking and right attitudes are roadmaps that allow us to reach our destination.
Romans 12:2 says, Do not be conformed to this world (this age), (fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs). But be transformed (changed) by the (entire) renewal of your mind (by its new ideals and its new attitude), so that you may prove (for yourselves) what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God…(AMPC).
This scripture is so important for us to understand! God has a good, acceptable, and perfect plan for you and me, and the way we can experience it is not to think like the world thinks, but to be changed entirely by learning to renew our mind and think the way God thinks.
It’s simple: If you want to have what God wants you to have, learn to think like God thinks!
Jump-Start Your Day
Did you know you can jump-start your day by thinking and speaking good things on purpose as one of your first acts in the morning? I encourage you to meditate on God’s Word and speak out things like:
- This is the day God has made, and I am going to enjoy it! (Psalm 118:24)
- I can handle whatever comes my way today through Christ Who is my strength. (Philippians 4:13)
- Today, I am strong and energetic. (Isaiah 40:28-31)
- I have favor with God and man everywhere I go. (Luke 2:52)
- Everything I lay my hand to prospers and succeeds. (Deuteronomy 30:19; Joshua 1:8)
- I enjoy being a blessing to others. (1 Timothy 6:18)
- I am thankful for all that God has done for me. (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
- God is working on my problems, and I can wait patiently because His timing is perfect. (Psalm 31:15; 37:7; 46:1)
A negative mind and mouth will produce negative moods, attitudes and in all probability, a miserable day.
But the positive approach of setting your mind in an uplifting direction, full of godly, faith-filled thoughts will have a good effect on you and your entire day.
Take It One Step at a Time!
Renewing our mind, mouth, moods and attitudes isn’t always easy, but it is possible with God’s help!
If you desire greater emotional stability, and the ability to maintain a consistent good attitude no matter what your circumstances are, then make it a goal and don’t give up until you have reached it.
A walk begins with one step and then another and another. No matter how long your journey seems, if you take enough steps in the right direction, you will eventually arrive at your desired destination…and truly have the life you’ve always wanted.
Joyce Meyer Ministries, joycemeyer.org