Many have gotten to know of which faith I promote. “Why,” few have been told. Of all I have ever written regarding the ancient faith of the Egyptians, many to this day wonder how it is that they could have accomplished so much at one time. Some of the best minds throughout the centuries have all tried to figure it out. One aspect which many do not attempt to contemplate came from an unlikely source. Jesus of Nazareth. So what does Jesus have to do with positive thinking. More than you could ever imagine.
Positive thought, takes much more that just thinking positively, it takes belief in one’s SELF. Because few of us have an enormous amount of confidence in ourselves, we seek other avenues which make us feel sure in ourselves in everything we do or attempt. Just about all of us know what happens when we think negative and many of us know just how much we get done when we are negative or feel something is beyond us in accomplishment. A lot of us get depressed, tired and feel “useless.” It doesn’t have to be like this. It doesn’t “have to” because we are beings born with unimaginable POWERS.
The problem with us as a species, is that we neglect to look at the things we have, appreciate it and BUILD upon it. Rather, when we see these big accomplishments other have achieved for themselves then all kinds of negative thoughts begin to fill our minds and we see them BIGGER than what they ARE. Remember the old saying, “Roman wasn’t built in a day?” The same applies to all facets of life itself.
Many admire one of my greatest accomplishment. To turn my life around a total 360 degrees. From a low life, to a someone you’d never dream of was ever one. For the many who have turned to me to want to quit drinking and drugs like I have, they get disappointed when I tell them that I am not some MIRACLE, but rather a product of a lot of hard work and years of EFFORT. When they see that I now minister to others and have accomplished what I have, they instantly think that “GOD” handed my future on a silver platter. He DIDN’T. The sobriety I have and have had for over 26 years came at a PRICE. Owning a home, owning what little I have and keeping a woman in my life for over 26 years also came at a price. None of it was given to me in some miracle by a God, the Lord, the Devil or anyone else. The price PAID by me, came from within and from a lot of work “outside” MYSELF.
And that is what is wrong with many on this planet. They get depressed, get negative once they hear the word WORK. They get even more depressed when they hear another avenue of work that they will have to conquer. That word is EFFORT. I spoke of the fact that we all have POWERS. In each and every individual is the ability to reach deep inside yourself and FIND these powers. The biggest one we all possess is CHOICE. The next one is DECISION. Whether anyone of us realizes it or not each one of us has the POWER to lead a positive and productive life, NO MATTER where we come from OR how we were raised.
I have heard many who look at me now and say, well look at you, what would you know about me or how hard life has been to ME? What would you know about a God who does nothing but sits on his butt all day dishing out blessing to whomever he wants who kiss “his” butt. And I always answer them, “I don’t know about YOU, but I have been where you came from, the hells you live, the excuses you make EXCEPT that we differ in one hard core fact. I wanted more out of life than feeling sorry for myself. So I put out the hard work “and” effort it took to dig my way out of HELL. If I can do it, ANYONE can.”
At one time, many people were condescending towards me, and justly so, for I was a “nobody.” It wasn’t because “they” put me there, but because “I” put myself there. THERE by the powers of NEGATIVE thinking. You see feeling sorry for yourself robs you of every bit of energy for want to be anything BUT a “nobody.” So take a drink here, pop a pill there, go to jail for this, go to jail for that, ALL from the POWERS of “choosing” and “deciding” to GIVE UP. I have many who want what I have accomplished with character and it becomes very disappointing to them that they are not going to get it OVERNIGHT. Even with Jesus, the Lord in heaven, or by being ZAPPED they are not going to gain an everlasting character change which will LAST. Of course, it works for some of religion, UNTIL the old ways take over AGAIN. Then they are back at square “one.” Starting over and over again. I know. I was one of these FAILURES.
YOU are the miracle. Miracle, in the fact you have a “choice.” Miracle that you can “decide” I have had enough and slowly BEGIN to make changes for yourself towards a more POSITIVE future. And IT WILL COME, bit by bit. When I first started my changes, I grew tired of looking at the clock. A constant reminder of how many minutes would past by without the use of booze or a drug to help me deal with a life that had become nothing more than living like a ZOMBIE. You want to gain a positive outlook and positive “thought?” It comes from “within” YOU and the powers you possess to make those changes. Many have asked me about AA or NA when they begin to quit substance abuse, and I myself do not recommend them. There is a reason. Far too many fail in these programs from reminiscing upon the past or keep running into old playmates who mess with their efforts leading them into failure and much worse behaviors. I recommend the use of a personal therapist, especially in the case of substance abuse or any other problems which mess with your goals.
Positive thought? Jesus said, It all depends on you and your “choices” and then enacting the power of “decision” to mold yourself into a character you won’t believe in the years ahead. Doubt leads to failure. The work and the effort is open to anyone who wills it, just remember that nothing gained is ever easy but after five or so years you’d be amazed at just how easy everything “becomes” and how many people won’t even recognize it is YOU.