Attitude is a feeling or way of thinking that affects your behavior (Merriam-Webster), and it’s completely up to each of us which attitude we choose to have. I mostly have a good and positive attitude, but a few weeks ago God revealed a few insights that reached down to the core of who I am. Something that I haven’t realized before is that there has always been parts of me that I have withheld from everyone… my hopes, my dreams, my thoughts and my heart.
I have held back… and I know perfectly why… FEAR. We allow fear to control who we are much too often and it creates a negative thought process. Negative thinking prepares you, unfortunately, for the worst outcome, the one that you really don’t desire, but anticipate happening anyway. It’s a defense mechanism, a planning ahead so you don’t get hurt and you don’t feel the pain as much, because you have already prepared your heart and mind for it.
However, God revealed that this contradicts the essence of who He is. God is positive and wants the best for us. For some reason we think that others deserve God’s blessings, but that we ourselves don’t. The enemy surely helps in this way of thinking… he wants us to constantly doubt and not believe in a loving Father who wants to give His children good gifts and answers to prayer.
We must renew our minds to think positively. Thinking positive and hoping, puts us inline with God’s heart. It’s trusting and believing in Him, that He is faithful and true to keep His Word and His Promises. Faith requires risk, otherwise it’s not faith at all. Is there risk involved in maintaining a positive belief? Absolutely. However, we can trust in the God Who has promised to be with us and to care for us always. To place our lives in His Hands is a safe refuge as He loves us and will tenderly hold onto our hearts. The outcome may not be what we initially prayed for, but it will be inline with God’s plan for our lives. We have to trust Him because He knows the true desires of our hearts and who we are better than we know ourselves.
True faith is believing in the positive outcome and trusting in God and His promise to see us through, knowing it will happen just as He said. It’s the child jumping off of the steps into his parent’s arms, knowing without a doubt that they will catch him and never allow him to get hurt. It’s taking that first step forward, knowing God is walking right next to you, ready to grab your arm when you start to stumble, or to embrace you when you can bear it no more.
I am choosing to remain positive in what God has revealed to Me, knowing that I have to renew my thinking every so often when I get off track. It’s a process… I’m going to trust and believe in the One who loves and cares for me more than anyone else. I will give my everything… I will pray fervently, live with abandon and love fearlessly, no matter how hard and scary it feels, because God is faithful to follow through on His Word and to show Himself real in our lives.
It’s time to trust and believe, putting faith into practice.