Negativity is like a poison. It spreads until finally it's taken over your mind. It sits there and dwells until finally, you can't see anything positive. You don't speak positively, everything is negative speaking. Well, the Bible tells us that "Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit." (Prov. 18:21 NKJV)
We are supposed to mind our tongue. We can do the most good or the most damage by using just our mouth. It is the member of our body that will keep us in the most trouble. Since this is the case, then why should we speak negatively about the things in our life. We will only make things worse on ourselves by speaking this way. Why not speak good things into our lives instead of speaking the bad things?
Just a few chapters over, the Bible says, "Whoever guards his mouth and tongue keeps his soul from troubles." (Prov. 21:23 NKJV) If you speak badly, you're only bringing trouble to yourself. So why should we sit back and dwell on the things that we see as negative? Why should we say the negative things that we are thinking?
I have to admit, I'm not always an optimistic person. I try to be, and I honestly need to be more optimistic than pessimistic. It wasn't until recently did I start thinking about how badly these negative thoughts affect our lives and attitudes.
James 3: 5 says, "Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. See how great a forest a little fire kindles!" Don't let your tongue spread the negativity around like a poison! Speak good things into existence.
Have you ever thought about the negative things you say and how they actually impact your life? Why say that you're living a bad life? Why not say, "I will live a good life. I will live a happy life!" Doesn't that sound much better than thinking and speaking, "Well, it's a bad life for me. It'll never get better." With that attitude it won't!
God doesn't want us miserable. He doesn't want us to worry. He wants us happy, healthy and whole.
Think about it. Doesn't negativity and worrying go hand in hand? Of course it does! With that negative thinking, you're going to be worrying about your future which GOD HOLDS IN HIS HANDS! He knows what He is doing. Why can't we just trust Him?
"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God, and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." (Phil. 4:6,7)
Why should we think negatively when it says that "the peace of God" will guard our hearts and minds?
Paul said to fill our minds with "...things that are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy - meditate on these things." (Phil. 4: 8) He didn't say to think negatively! He said, basically, to think on good things!
Even in Colossians 3:2, it says, "Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth."
Why worry when you don't have to? The things on earth don't matter! It's God that matters. It's God's plans! Quit thinking about what could go wrong, and start thinking about what could go right! God has His hand in our lives. It's Him we should be seeking when we feel negative and down and out. It's God who knows what we need in our lives. Don't push him out because you think something will go wrong. Bring Him in instead. It can only get better for it.