True optimism is not found in a random positive quote from the internet (though some of them are quite good), but by taking a personal inventory of your God-given greatness.
What do you possess that others admire or that God Himself adores about you?
We all have something.
How can I be so sure?
Because His word says that we are fearfully and wonderfully made. And that we are created in His image. If He says it, then it must be true.
“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalm 139:14
Try this: list at least five things that you love about yourself.
How did it go? Was this an easy activity for you? Or did you find it a bit challenging?
In all honesty, this took me some time. Not because I don’t love myself, but rather because I don’t think of these specific characteristics often. Yet, this practice of positive thinking is not only biblical but extremely healthy for us. Positive thoughts truly do produce a positive outlook. And the manner in which we carry out our day is ALWAYS driven by an outlook (whether negative or positive).
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” Philippians 4:8
Focusing on the good within ourselves cultivates a deep desire to practice “self care”. This is both loving and wise.
“The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:31
So, here goes…..
1. I love my ability to communicate, whether it’s through public speaking or writing a piece of material. And I really enjoy reading my own work.
2. I love my passion towards making a positive difference in other people’s lives.
3. I love my entrepreneurial spirit and my ability to cast vision to others.
4. I love my laugh.
5. I love my deep-embedded interest for foreign travel and cultural experiences.
Now, here’s for another exercise. How about listing 5 things that you would describe as positive in the world that surrounds you. What do you enjoy? What do you appreciate in all of God’s creation?
Was that exercise a bit easier? For me it was. Now can you see the importance of setting your mind on the things that produce joy, laughter, motivation, and determination in order to retain an optimistic mindset?
“Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing!” Psalm 100:2
“A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” Proverbs 17:22
Here’s my list from this morning:
1. I’m thrilled that I get to wake up and enjoy a mug of my hot green/jasmine tea.
2. I really enjoy my garden. I get so tickled every time a new beautiful bud begins to bloom. And the fact that I can cook with my fresh herbs.
3. I really like the idea of having a blank canvas each day, and the fact that it’s completely up to me in how I choose to live my day.
4. To add to point #3, I love that God gives me a dose of totally fresh and new mercies to tap into for whatever I need for the day. It’s just so cool.
5. I love that I can listen to Argentinean tango, cook a good meal, and stare into my husband’s face while catching up on each others lives. It’s just good stuff.
May these two simple exercises spark an appreciation both for the person that God designed you to be and for the world that surrounds you. There is so much treasure that can be found in every single day; we just have to look for it. This search always starts with an optimistic outlook, beloved.
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