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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

NO Stickin' Thinkin'! Only Joyful Thoughts Allowed!

            Have you had your JOY JUICE today?  It tastes a lot better if you are drinking it with a good attitude!!

            Years ago, I taught a lesson in school using a term from Zig Ziglar’s book See You at the Top! He said when we fall into the habit of “stinkin’ thinkin’”, we are apt to fail.  Our thought patterns not only effect our attitudes, but also influence those around us. ‘Stinkin Thinkin’ ….or negative thoughts….can become a habit if we are not intentional about seeing the good possibilities rather than the bad.  In order to avoid thinking negatively, we must keep our thoughts renewed.  Ephesians 4:23 says “And be constantly renewed in the spirit of your mind.”  

            How can we be sure that we are “constantly renewing” our thoughts and our attitudes?  I think we have to make it a matter of prayer, be familiar with the truth of scripture and apply that truth to our lives.

             1 Corinthians 2:16 reminds us that we have been given the mind of Christ. But He will not FORCE us to use it!  It’s our choice, our gift. When we accept Jesus as our Savior, we are a new creature; old things pass away and all things become new….even our thoughts.

            My prayer for each of us today is that God will renew our thought patterns. Let’s allow him take those negative thoughts and transform them into JOYful ones.

Instead of “stinkin thinkin” let’s strive to constantly renew our thoughts through Christ.

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