Change Your Story. Change Your Life.

“Change your thoughts and you change your world.” Norman Vincent Peale

I started reading a great book over the weekend that a close friend of mine gave me. It’s amazing to me how the power of words can remind me of the things that I already know, but should be applying in my life. Sometimes we just need a reminder so that we start applying better information in our lives. It’s been quite some time since I’ve posted anything. So with that being said, I wanted to take the time to share with all of you what I was reminded of this weekend.

I was reminded of the power of our thoughts over our own lives when we speak them into existence. We all have negative thoughts, doubts, and fears. These aren’t going to just go away. Especially if you have always been conditioned to think this way. You also have to remember that there is always an enemy working against you. Don’t allow the enemy to use your mind as a playground. Our thoughts are an easy way for the enemy to target us and tear us down.

We have to learn to replace these negative thoughts with God’s truth about us. As much as I’d love to have one, there just isn’t an off switch to get rid of the negative thoughts. Sometimes these thoughts consume me. I have to learn not to voice these things out loud. The cool thing is, that these thoughts do not have power over your life until they are spoken into existence. We must learn to stop speaking these things into existence in our lives. So I have to ask…

Are you speaking power or defeat over your life? 

The thoughts in your head do not need to be spoken out loud. When we speak them out loud, we are giving these words power in our lives. Some people sabotage their own happiness and success by constantly vocalizing the negativity. These thoughts become their personal truths. These things then come to life and bring lots of unhappiness and destruction. What would happen if we chose to speak positive things aloud instead? What if we learned to replace the negativity with something positive? What if we actually believe them? This takes being intentional daily to change the course of our lives.

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, change is inevitable, but growth is optional. The world is changing around us daily. Our lives are changing even when it doesn’t seem like it. People stay stuck in a rut in the same spot in life, because they choose not to grow as they are changing. We must learn to change more than just our behavior and thinking. I believe this is a heart matter and that true eternal change comes from inside the heart.

We can’t change on our own. We need a savior to help us change. Behavior modification only lasts so long. But when we get to the heart matter and allow God to truly transform us, we become new creatures. We don’t behave the same way that we used to. But this transformation can’t happen alone. It definitely can’t happen overnight. Transformation is a process. It’s ongoing change. We need to allow God to transform us and to take advantage of the resources he places in our lives.

The best resource is a personal relationship with Him. You can accomplish this through prayer and meditation on His word. This could also easily be the influence of the church, the body of Christ, His people that help us in our walk of faith. Healthy relationships are very important to have. People can help  us as they are humble enough to share their life experiences to help us get through ours. Having a trusting relationship with a personal mentor is very important. God also provides resources through counseling, books, audios, videos or seminars. The help is there if we choose to use it.

You can’t keep replaying that sad sob story in your head and expect to overcome it. Staying focused on your circumstances will do nothing but keep you there. Instead of being stuck where you’re at, keep looking forward to where you’re going. Have faith that things will get better. Replace your negative thoughts with positive ones. Stop saying negative things aloud. It will take some time and it won’t be easy, but it will be totally worth it.

It’s time to write your new story. Go out there and start a new life. Change your story, change your life.