Recently, I have been not spending as much time on Facebook as I used to. Not because I don’t like it. I do. It’s cool to see what people are up to.
But lately I’ve been constraining myself to posts from my closest family and friends, and a few pages of culled information from those I trust. I have a couple of group pages that I really enjoy. But scrolling, just for scrolling, I’m afraid I’m out.
There is a huge reason why this is so. Allow me to explain. If you have read many of my posts at all, you know how very non confrontational I am. The introvert in me was not immediately bothered by a worldwide quarantine.
However, the differing opinions on how to handle it, people making their dissenting views known in the most obnoxious of ways, and the cancellation of life in general, for months, when the original deal was to be maybe a month. No one knows for sure, but instead of discussing the issues, battle lines have been drawn, and then, are continuously being moved!
Add to that, the current political climate, oy vey! Politics, especially at election time, brings out the worst in people. “Battle lines being drawn, nobody’s right, if every bodies wrong.”
And finally, even with some of those that are near and dear to me, a conversation cannot be had without hurt feelings, and alas, name calling, and unceremonious un-friending.
I’ve truthfully been trying to hear every side of every story. I know that this rubs against the grain in most people. It’s tough to listen when you believe in something different.
In so doing, you may or may not learn from a different view point. At the very least, you’ll be able to see why they think what they do.
We’re all so different. It has been a difficult time. I still love those whom I love. I cannot however immerse myself in the negatives day after day, hour after hour, without becoming cynical, and highly unhappy with my own self.
I believe that our negative thoughts can be transformed. I believe it because many of my own thoughts have been transformed – and I cannot go back.
If you are still reading this far in, then I trust I’ve hit a chord. Following are some thoughts on transformation. These quotes have given me new perspective on my thinking, and on how to renew it.
As stated earlier, it HAS been a difficult time, but step by step, promise by promise, line by line, I am FULLY at peace. After all that hard work on my inner self, it is my duty, to not back slide, or lapse into old negative thinking. (An old mentor of mine called it “Stinkin’ Thinkin”)
I’ve also included a link to a teaching that I heard several years ago, if you want to dig a little deeper.
All following quotes by Graham Cooke
- If the problem is that big, think how big the promise is. Every problem comes with a promise, and a provision.
- Your circumstances are not the problem. Your PERCEPTION of the circumstances is the problem.
- Stop crying out for rescue. Cry out instead for majesty, God’s supremacy, and sovereignty.
- We need the mindset of the spirit. Life and peace.
- As He is, so are we in this world. Romans 12:2 (ESV) tells us; Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Negativity should not be our language if we are followers of Christ. We can exchange all of our negatives for the positives found in Him. Gifts of the Spirit they are called.
They can be found in Galatians 5:18-23. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. 19 Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, (rage culture) rivalries, dissensions, divisions, 21 envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. (We are witnessing so much of this at this time!) I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
If you would like the entire teaching, you can follow this link
⇾The Language of Heaven – Graham Cooke⇽ (April 2014)
Please comment here, or message me if you have questions, or would like to further discuss this topic.
And you. You whom I love. If you’ve read this far, know that I miss you.
Until next time …