A new series started this week at our church titled Resolved. I love it! We could all use a little more resolve in our life. Think about the implications of this word!
Merriam-Webster lists as one possible definition, “to reach a firm decision about something.”
Imagine the impact we could have on our marriages, families, churches, jobs, and social interactions if we resolved to have a positive attitude in all situations. The key, of course, is the word ALL.
Doing something ALL the time is difficult. It’s near impossible, or is it? What if we resolved to do it? Doesn’t human nature and daily living teach us that the more we attempt something, the more successful we are at it? Practice makes perfect!
In my life, the two greatest areas of application are my marriage or home life and church.
- Marriage: I have been married for over 20 years. (You get really comfortable after that amount of time). There are things I love about my spouse and the things he loves about me. Then there are things that drive us nuts! Sometimes I can get really negative about those things. I can be downright rude (and I bet you can too!) Resolve to stay positive and loving. Resolve to not let Satan have a foothold in your marriage and family (Ephesians 6:10-12).
- Church: When there is a change happening in your church and you don’t like it, resolve to stay positive. Focus on what is going right! Don’t shoot down a change before it happens. Don’t allow negative possibilities to cloud your thinking. Don’t let fear ruin what God might be doing. It hasn’t happened yet, so how do you know it won’t work? Resolve that instead of talking down the change and the people who created it, you will pray for it to go well. Resolve to encourage your leaders. If you are thinking negatively, so are others and some are very vocal. Resolve to be part of the solution, not part of the problem! Resolve to stay positive and encouraging for those on the front lines (Ephesians 4:29)!
One more tidbit. Our own negative thinking, self-talk, is a very powerful tool. It can literally eat you alive from the inside out. I’ve been there. I nearly destroyed myself. Resolve to speak words of life to your soul (Philippians 4:8). Expose the darkness for what it is.
When the negative thoughts come at you, take them captive and make them obedient to His word (2 Corinthians 10:5). Who does God say you are? Don’t base your identity on what the world says is acceptable. Get in His Word. Read it. Study it. Find yourself there. He loves you.
Resolve to stay positive!