According to the Collins English Dictionary, darkness means, “the absence of light.” The definition doesn’t say anything about darkness being its own entity, but rather the absence of something else – light. I always found that interesting because you can either have light or you don’t have light – you can’t have it both ways at the same time.
That same principle is true in regards to our thoughts – you can either think positive, uplifting thoughts or you can think negative, dreary thoughts. You can’t be doing both at the same time. “Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be.” (James 3:10) Unfortunately any negative thoughts replace the positive thoughts we may have had. And when you’re chronically ill, that type of thinking only adds to our struggles.
Scripture tells us that we are to encourage one another with our actions and words (Ephesians 4:29). I believe God tells us that several times because He knows how impacting our mind, thoughts, and words are to our inner strength. Just one negative thought can poison our entire attitude, not to mention it can affect those around us – and once it starts spreading it takes a lot of effort to rein it back in!
Don’t let negative thinking overpopulate your life. Instead, let the Word of God live in your heart. There is no better cure for cynicism than picking up the Bible and meditating on its soul-touching words. And as you interact with others remember that, “An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up.” (Proverbs 12: 25)
Prayer: Dear God, help me to be an encouragement to those around me and give me the wisdom to say and think positive words so Your name might be glorified. Amen.
About the Author
Bridget Gazlay resides in the beautiful West Michigan. She struggles with Fibromyalgia, Endometriosis, IBS, arthritis and migraines. She works full time but writes and designs fabric cards as she is able. Bridget’s prayer is for readers who come across her writing or fabric cards to see that she allows, “God’s creation to be my inspiration.” You can reach Bridget at: firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.pfccreations.com and http://www.pfccreations.com/blog .