I recently assigned the youth a task – something seemingly simple, yet is a struggle for many believers on a day-to-day basis. The assignment: to think of one new positive thing for seven days straight. These positive things cannot be how hot they think Justin Beiber is or how awesome their score was in Black Ops. These things must be things of virtue, pure and noble.
The Bible says in Philippians 4:8-9, “Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies” (The Message translation).
Are you capable of finding something positive, of good report and virtuous to focus on when everything around you seems to be falling apart?
Jude 1:20 tells us to carefully build ourselves up on our most holy faith, by praying in the Holy Spirit. Praying in the spirit helps de-clog, de-clutter and de-stress our minds, allowing us to focus on the good and pure things that we have going on in our lives. It is our jobs to build ourselves up, to encourage ourselves no matter what is going on around us. Sometimes we need help from our brothers and sisters in the Lord to realize we’re not focusing, but after the pep talks, it’s on you to choose to get up and move on!
Don’t think you have anything good and virtuous to focus on?
If you know the Lord, than you have a book FULL of promises that are meant for you. Good, beautiful, precious promises from our Father, just for you! Pick a promise, any promise and make that your focus for the day.
Don’t know where to start?
Try Mark 11:23: “Truly I tell you, whoever says to this mountain, Be lifted up and thrown into the sea! and does not doubt at all in his heart but believes that what he says will take place, it will be done for him.” That truly is something positive and awesome to think about on a daily basis!
Train yourself to think positive. I challenge you to join the youth group in our seven day venture of positive thinking. Write it down, mediate on it, and remember, God LOVES you.
–By Tatum McWatters, Youth Pastor