Television, newspaper, and junk mail ads bombard us every day with products that are supposed to make our lives better. Some products are good and others are not. It is up to us to decide what we want to spend our money on. Sometimes we throw our money away, but sometimes we get very good products.
I tend to be skeptical about ads. If “nothing is better” than this product, I tend to go with “nothing” because I want what is better.
I sometimes let that skepticism creep into other facets of my life. Dieting, for example. I look in the mirror, get discouraged, and feel negative about myself. Then I comfort myself with a cookie or two…or three…and there goes my diet. A couple of years ago, I decided my new motto was “Allow no Negative Thoughts.”
My daughter cuts vinyl, which she adheres to plates, plaques, or cups. I asked her to put my motto on something to help me remember to have the right attitude. She put it on a cup, which I use every day. It is very nice, but…
It didn’t change my thought pattern. I still had negative thoughts, even though I tried to control them. Then I got another idea. I would turn the idea around.
I have tried many times to memorize Philippians 4:8, but try as I might, I couldn’t remember all of the attributes listed in the verse. Anita asked me what I would like for Christmas, and I told her I wanted that verse in vinyl on a canvas. I wanted just the words I needed to memorize: TRUE, NOBLE, RIGHT, PURE, EXCELLENT, LOVELY, ADMIRABLE, PRAISEWORTHY…THINK ABOUT IT.
Like another verse hanging on my wall, “In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you” I Thess. 5:18, my first inclination is sometimes contrary to the words, but I usually come around to living what is written.
Sometimes I am still negative at first, but then I see the reminder of Phil 4:8. When I get irritated with someone, I am angry for a while–remember I am still human–and then I realize their actions are meant to be noble, and their basic character is praiseworthy. My attitude switches.
As for dieting, I might struggle, but I’m reminded that the Bible also says “the fat is the Lord’s.” 😉 Okay, that’s a joke, but I’m still working on it. Prayer always helps. Maybe you can pray with me.