How to Have a Good Day, Everyday!
In the King James Version, one of the things we are to think about is virtue. Virtue can be defined as a "code of conduct." For a believer in the one true God, the code of conduct is to think on these things. Things that are true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and worthy of praise. We can't be thankful (giving praise) and negative at the same time.
The reality is that trouble comes to all of us. How we think about it, makes the difference. "When things don't work out like you thought, take another thought."
People don't have emotional problems, rather their thinking is wrong. Emotions were created to make us feel what we think about. (Think about it--this is pretty cool.) Emotions respond to our thoughts--happy or sad. Emotions just confirm what we have been thinking about. As a prophet said years ago, "thoughts are like the birds. They fly around everywhere, but they can't nest in your hair unless you let them." We should never hear negativity coming from a believer. The code of conduct for a Christian is to let praise come out of our mouths.
"Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, that you and your descendants might live!"--Deut 30:19 (NLT)
There are two paths we can take. We have to choose. This is not a one-time choice. We make this decision everyday. One example: believe in people. "I think the best of people, and they have to prove me wrong." Another example: growth. "I choose to grow. If I don't I will shrink into average and in time into below average."
We have to reprogram our mental computer; we choose to think on these things. We choose to think: "if God is for me then who can be against me." Thinking originates, or creates, our feelings.
We may not know how to be led by the Spirit, but if we get our thinking right, God can bless that and work with us. "...let God transform you into a new person by [you] changing the way you think."--Romans 12:2 (NLT). Some of us have a lot of reprogramming to do, but don't give up. "Think about all he (Jesus) endured when sinful people did such terrible things to him, so that you don't become weary and give up."--Hebrews 12:3 (NLT)
There's a connection between our emotions and how big our life becomes. Our emotions carry us places and our emotions follow our thoughts and our words. (We should say out loud the things we want to happen in our lives.) Our influence will remain. "rachman was here!"
---notes on a strategy by S.L.J.