As you know, I have been battling negativity for a long time – well, it was how I was taught to think, and growing up in the dysfunctional environment that I grew up in, it could only lend itself to negative thinking. But, hubby has shown me there is a different way, and when something is so ingrained in you, it’s not a habit that you can break overnight. It’s like being a blonde, even though you can dye your hair black, you are still a blonde underneath. And if you truly want to change, you need to change being blonde – without having to dye your hair. Impossible. To us, maybe. But, not to the living God who created the world in seven days.
This weekend I felt a bit despondent, because I was feeling anxious and negative – just out of the blue. And I just really felt like, seriously, am I not yet done with all this? But, I think the biggest thing that was really bugging me is that I am really battling to lose this weight – and when I felt anxious like I did over the weekend, my first point of call is to make sure I am eating. And so I eat. And eat. And it is so unnecessary. In fact, it is insane. But still a battle for me.
And this morning, as I was pondering why this little issue that shouldn’t even be an issue, is plaguing me so much, I come across this Joyce Meyer reading:
Mindsets That Hurt and Hinder You
by Joyce Meyer
The people of Israel wandered around in the desert for 40 years, making what should have only been an 11-day journey. Why? Was it because of their enemies, their circumstances, or the trials along the way? Or was it something entirely different that prevented them from arriving at their destination? As I pondered this situation, God gave me a powerful revelation that helped me, personally, and thousands of others. The Lord revealed to me that the Israelites spent all that time in the desert because they had “wilderness mentalities.”
Is Your Mind in the Desert?
We really shouldn’t look at the Israelites with such astonishment, because most of us do the exact same thing. We go around and around the same mountain instead of making progress. It takes us years to experience victory over something that could, and should, have been dealt with quickly and put behind us. God showed me that wilderness mentalities are wrong mindsets. We can have right mindsets that will benefit us or wrong mindsets that will hurt us and hinder our progress. Colossians 3:2 teaches us to set our minds and keep them set. We need our minds set in the right direction. Wrong mindsets not only affect our circumstances, but they also affect our inner life. There was a time when my circumstances weren’t bad, but I couldn’t enjoy anything in my life because my mind was “in the desert.” Dave and I had a nice home, four lovely children, good jobs, and enough money to live comfortably. However, I couldn’t enjoy our blessings because I had several wilderness mentalities that had me trapped.
Don’t Miss Your Promised Land
Some people see things negatively because they’ve experienced unhappy circumstances all their lives and can’t imagine anything getting any better. Then there are those who see everything as bad and negative simply because that’s the way they feel on the inside. Whatever the cause, a negative outlook leaves a person miserable and unable to make any progress toward the “promised land.” God called the children of Israel out of Egypt (bondage) and into the land He promised to give them as a perpetual inheritance—land that flowed with milk and honey and every good thing they could imagine. It was a land where there’d be no shortage of anything they needed—land of prosperity in every realm of their existence. Most of the generation that the Lord called out of Egypt never entered the Promised Land; instead, they died in the desert. To me, this is one of the saddest things that can happen to someone—to have so much available but not be able to enjoy it.
Enjoy the Journey
I was one of those people for many years of my life. I was on my way to the Promised Land (heaven), but I wasn’t enjoying the trip. My mind was in the desert, and I was dying in the wilderness. My wilderness mentalities, or wrong ways of thinking, were keeping me from dealing with those areas of life that God wanted to touch and redeem. I was stuck…going around and around the same mountain; but thank God for His mercy. He helped me identify and change those wrong mindsets. Today, my mind is renewed. I have a new way of thinking, and I’ve been rescued from the desert. What God did for me, He can certainly do for you. Ask Him to show you your wilderness mentalities and help you make the necessary changes. He can deliver your mind from the desert and help you enjoy the journey to the promised land!
They speak about “your life story” and I most certainly do not want my life story to be about always battling negativity. I want it to be victorious and about hubby and I achieving ALL of our dreams.