Taxes went up. The bills are due. The surgery is coming. The sniffles are worse today and suddenly everything is awful. Then, what if there wasn’t enough money to pay, or strength to spare or the sickness grew worse.
Wouldn’t that be awful?
Have you ever uttered that statement? It’s kind of catchy isn’t it. (Almost as virulent as the common cold) An awfulizer is one who analyzes the “awful” all the time. My friend Carrie told me about that word and I think it’s fitting for many circumstances. In the end, doing this steals joy, hope and renewal out of your life. It introduces doubt, worry and fear which are the opposite of trust, confidence and faith.
How can we stop being an awfulizer?
1. Recognize that the negative thinking is not of or from God.
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” Jeremiah 29:11
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things [are] honest, whatsoever things [are] just, whatsoever things [are] pure, whatsoever things [are] lovely, whatsoever things [are] of good report; if [there be] any virtue, and if [there be] any praise, think on these things.” Philippians 4:8
2. Recognize that we have an example in Jesus Christ for right living and right believing and we don’t have to put up with an awful life of any kind.
“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have [it] more abundantly.” John 10:10
3. Renewing your mind is one task God left up to you. God will not do for us that thing which He told us to do for ourselves. Think of negative thoughts as termites, tearing down your house of faith one bite at a time. Exterminate them not by dwelling on them, but by eradicating them with God’s Word. The definition of renewing the mind is; putting the Word of God in mind and acting accordingly. You have the wand of power in this case. You are in charge of the “force for good”.
“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Romans 12:2
“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Phil. 4:13
“Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but [this] one thing [I do], forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” Phil. 3:14-15
4. Practice! Practice means memorizing scriptures, trusting them and God, and if you have to role play do it, though the devil gives us plenty of everday practice. This is not just negative and positive thinking we’re talking about. It’s life and death. Why?
“Death and life [are] in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” Proverbs 18:21
When we trust and confess what God says we are medicating our lives. We are empowering God’s blessings and reality for ourselves.
“Every word of God [is] pure: he [is] a shield unto them that put their trust in him.” Proverbs 30:5
If you look up awful in the dictionary, the very next word is “awesome”. Isn’t that wonderful? Our life is merely a vowel away from awesome. Today is the day for you to be the encourager. You be the embowered one. You be the awesomizer!
God bless you today!