The Power of Positive Thinking
As the seasons begin to change, we think it’s a good time to shift our minds as well. Out with the old and in with the new! This is not always an easy task and it doesn’t occur overnight; it requires work and dedication. But when we surrender to God and the work He is stirring within us, our minds will follow.
Our friends at Body B Loved are working on a powerful devotional and today we have the honor of sharing an excerpt from it. Please read their words of encouragement and if you would benefit from more tips on positive thinking like this, subscribe to their updates on the official launch!
The average person thinks 50-70,000 thoughts a day.
That’s one busy brain. At times it feels like the mind can go in a million directions, all on its own.
In a weight-obsessed culture like this one, we’re bombarded with images all day long that suggest health and happiness is limited to a certain body type. It’s easy for that message to shape our thoughts and actions…and not in a good way.
“I wish I looked like that.”
“Why can’t my ___ look like that?”
“I ate too much. I have no self-control.”
“I’m so lazy.”
Here’s the good news. We have control over our thoughts.
In his letter to the Philippians 4:8, Paul suggests we think differently.
Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
When our thoughts start from “God is love” and “God created me, therefore I am beautiful,” it is much easier to choose to treat our bodies with compassion.
Do you see the difference from our thoughts starting here instead of starting with “I am not worthy of love until I am a size_____” or “I am not lovable because I didn’t follow _____ dieting rule”?
Attend to your thoughts; they determine your actions.
Be mindful of the messages you tell yourself. Paul knew the power of positive thinking. When our thoughts are focused on loving ourselves because we are God’s creation, our actions will be based on self-love, compassion and grace. These are the loving thoughts that are honoring, pure, pleasing and reflective of God’s Love. These thoughts spur us into action of gentle and loving food choices and joyful movement.
When we start with LOVE as our root, instead of guilt and shame, we can branch out into actions of freedom around food and exercise. Ask God to guide your thoughts towards those that are honorable, pure, and worthy of praise.
Dear God, Thank You for your Spirit that helps guide our thoughts. Give us the strength and endurance to confront the thoughts that are punishing and not pure and to re-direct them to pleasing and honorable thoughts. Thank you for the gift of our bodies and our minds to help guide us in our thoughts and actions that reflect Your Love. Amen
Body B Loved is a group of registered dietitians, counselors, parents, students and beloved children of God living to make His name famous through celebrating body acceptance, size diversity and gentle nutrition.
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