Monday, June 07, 2010

Excess Baggage

By Belinda

I wrote last week, in my post entitled Ponderings, about giving thought to who I choose to be as I enter a new decade of life.

Lightening my load and leaving negativity behind was one decision made. More often than I cared to admit, I allowed my mind to drift towards a negative thought; or a clouded moment to hang around too long. And I have shared negative things unnecessarily, thereby spreading the ripple to other souls.

These things are just so much excess baggage that I am offloading.

I am contemplating little mantra daily; a sort of pledge. I'll share it here again, expanded a bit:

I will not...
receive (welcome)
entertain (invite to pull up a seat and stay awhile)
maintain (give space to)
or retain (hold onto)...negative thoughts or words.

It amazes me how often, since I've been paying more attention, I have diverted negative thoughts, and words that were on the tip of my tongue. And I am sure that I will have plenty of continued opportunity to practice the forming of new habits to replace the old!

Here is more encouragement for my journey--and maybe yours too:
Philippians 4:4-8 (New International Version)
4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

2 comments:

Marilyn Yocum said...

Most excellent goal, mantra, passage!

It takes this type of intentionality, I think. You will have victory in it, I know.

I have been dealing with a very specific problem related to negative SELF-talk, which is familiar to me due to my upbringing, but has increased in frequency and intensity the last few years. I went to see a specialist. I've not blogged about it yet (and may never) but I think the experience has given me some very useful insights and may be of use somewhere at some point (I mean beyond my own benefit). Anyway, I think going at these things with intentionality is so important.

Belinda said...

Marilyn, I love how God uses our own battles redemptively, so that what the Enemy intended for evil, God uses for a greater good than just our own.

Yes, the intentionality factor is an important key to success.

May you experience freedom and blessing in your own steps of transformation.