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Overcoming Negativity

Philippians 4:8

By Pastor Jeff - 

And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. - Philippians 4:8 (NLT)

On Easter during my senior year of high school I pulled up to a gas station after church. I worked at the church, part-time doing maintenance. I was tired from a long week of getting ready for Easter, on top of doing homework and volunteering at a local hospital. 

I had been up since 5am. All I wanted to do was get some gas for my car, go home, have lunch, and take a nap. I reached for the nozzle and started filling up my car. It wasn't until I was done that I realized I had accidentally put diesel in my car instead of regular gas, which is what my car ran on.

Now I'm no car expert, but I knew this wasn't good. I had no idea what to do (this was in the days before smartphones, so I didn't have an app or Google to bail me out). I'm not far from home, I thought to myself, if I can just get home my dad  (who's awesome with cars) will know what to do.

So I started driving home. I got a couple blocks from the gas station before my car died. No matter how hard I wanted it to, my car just wouldn't run on the wrong kind of fuel.

The same thing is true for you and me: We won't get far in life if we're running on the wrong kind of fuel. This is true of our body; but more importantly this is true of our mind and soul.

Are you experiencing a lot of negativity in your life right now? Perhaps there are a lot of pessimistic people at work or home. Maybe you're consuming media that isn't exactly “family friendly.” Or you find yourself getting envious of other people after spending too much time on Facebook.

In order to overcome the negativity in your life you must remove the negative influences from your life and replace them with positive ones.

That means spending more time with positive, encouraging people and less time with bitter and angry people. It also means being careful about the things you watch.

Fill your mind and heart with God's Word. Read, meditate, and memorize Scripture. Spend time praying for and with other believers. Listen to worship music and spend time praising him. Connect with other believers who are growing in their faith and who can help you grow in yours. Serve in a ministry and help others in your everyday life.

You can't remove all the negative influences in your life, but you can minimize them. Create boundaries that will protect you from the bad, while spending your time and energy focusing on the good. 

What are some ways you can minimize the negative influences in your life and maximize the positive ones? Share your thoughts in the mYKLOVE App.