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Dwelling on the Past or Delighting in the Future by Sherry Lush

Why do people seem to be attracted to bad news? In our own lives do we dwell on what’s wrong or appreciate the good and all that is right in our lives? Are we allowing past negative experiences to define us? G-d actually designs our brains to develop special circuits to chronicle negative ordeals, so that we will learn from them. This is to help us to remember the pain so as not to repeat it (like a child touching a hot stove). Remembering the pain can literally help us avoid events that could lead to fatality. Therefore, more “brain space” is taken up with negative experiences. These are to help us learn and stay alive.

And here is the Good News. G-d also gave us his Word to fill our brains to think His thoughts. and His thoughts bring hope and joy and life. 

*We can choose what to think about, and we are directed to: 

Philippians 4:8 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.

*Are we picturing heaven and eternity? It makes a difference.

Colossians 3:1-2 If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.

*The Holy Spirit will help us change our focus and our thoughts:

Ephesians 4:23 Let the Spirit change your way of thinking.

*We can exercise self-control over our thoughts by choosing what we think about.

2 Corinthians 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.

*We can renew our minds by flooding it with the Word of G-d.

Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

*We can discipline our minds to remember that G-d is in control.

Psalm 46:10a Be still, and know that I am God.

*Do scarry things come into your mind at night? Here is the cure:

Colossians 4:2 Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.

*Do you lay awake at night worrying? Here is the cure:

Psalm 119:148 My eyes stay open through the watches of the night, that I may meditate on your promises.

*Are you looking for peace in a troubled world? Yeshua left a gift for you:

John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; I do not give it to you as the world does. Do not let your hearts be distressed or lacking in courage.

*Do you want to be encouraged and refreshed? Here is G-d’s remedy:

Proverbs 11:25 A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.

John Lennon once said, “There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance.”  My question is, do we love Him enough to trust His Word?