|Lucky Dog -- She sleeps like a baby.|
Thankfully, I have already been working on my negative voices; and, I can see the value of writing them down if I come up with a better positive. However, the most valuable tool I have found comes from my faith. I went to the Bible to find answers for the negative voices, which are usually formed by anxiety or worry. Lately, I have spent much of my time in Matthew 6. There is a very juicy section in Matthew 6: 25-34 on how we should handle our anxiety. One of the scriptures that has recently been very close to my heart is, "So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own" (Matthew 6:34, NASV). It fits right in with my resolve to experience the moment I am in, rather than regretting the past or worrying about the future. And I can truthfully tell you, I am seeing the results in my life.
Am I enjoying my life more? Yes. Have I reached perfection in my thought life? No. Is it worth the time and effort to remind myself everyday to chase away those negative thoughts and replace them with thoughts that are healthy? I say, "Yes! A resounding yes!" Philippians 4:8 says it better than I can: "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." (NIV)