We get so use to the negative in life and have trouble believing the positive. Even the local or national news broadcast is usually all about the bad things going on in the world whether it's war or corruption or scandal and sadly out of an hour long segment, we may only see or hear two minutes about something good.
For me, it used to go so far as even receiving a simple "you look nice today" compliment from someone... I haven't been used to them, never saw myself as 'complimentary' so to simply accept someone saying something positive about me and to me was really difficult to overcome.
Sometimes I don't think we realize just how vital it is to us, to our innermost being, the things we think, the things we believe, the things we listen to... Every piece of information we receive with our ears or our eyes gets processed in our being.
If you listen to a parent telling you that you're a loser or kids on the playground bullied you and said hateful things to you - it's going to affect your inner spirit. As a child, it hurt you - you actually felt pain inside - and that pain was a sign that your soul was being assaulted.
If you listen to music that is about death and destruction, it's going to affect you. And it's not the 'style' of music as much as it is the words or lyrics being transmitted. There's nothing wrong with any 'style' of music - but if the words are angry and hateful, so will you be.
If you listen to gossip or read gossip even, it can affect you. You end up taking on usually slanderous, manipulated information that you did not need to see, hear or think.
Repeatedly over time, you being to accept that as reality.
It is both scientifically proven and biblical that whatever we sow we will reap. So whatever is feeding our soul, our soul will reproduce. And the more we sow it, the more we will reap it. And let's just forget for a moment all the stuff that we've sown 'out there' in the world... let's just look at what we do for and to our own self... That's all we can control right now...
What voices are you actually listening to? Who are you allowing to speak into your life? What are you saying to and about yourself? Why are you allowing negativity and hate into your spirit?
Proverbs 4:23 was probably the very first key scripture that impacted my life. It says "Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it."
When I first stumbled across that, my immediate thought was 'ok, I need to guard my heart, let no one in, and that way I won't get hurt'. But I completely missed the meaning... It means that everything I have IN my heart will come out and affect me and those around me and that's WHY I need to guard it.
Whatever I receive in my mind, and allow to stay there, will eventually make its way to my heart. Whatever negativity I receive and absorb reaches it's way to my heart just as whatever positivity I receive does too.
Proverbs 4 goes on to say in verse 26 "Give careful THOUGHT to the paths of your feet". We get to chose the direction we want to go in. We get to chose the thoughts we think. And what we chose will affect and direct the path our feet take.
So I ask you... What are you doing to guard your heart? What thoughts are determining the path you are taking? And is it worth it to your own soul?
1 Corinthians 2:11 says "For who knows a person's thoughts except the spirit of the person, which is in him?". You are responsible for what you think and what you allow to affect you and control you.
And to go back to another of my life impacting scriptures... God said in Deuteronomy 30:19: I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live.
My prayer for us all is that we choose to feed ourselves life-giving and life-breathing thoughts about ourselves and of others and stop the subtle yet very real losing of our souls.
Be a blessing to yourself!!! With much love...